• Through coursework and extensive hands-on clinical experience, gain knowledge and skills to evaluate, treat, and advocate for people with communication and swallowing disorders.
  • Opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and practicum experiences across ages, disorders, and settings.
  • Individualized curriculum based on your career interests and on your educational background, to prepare you for three credentials: the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP), New York State license, and Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) (required to work with children in preschool-21 years).


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Mix of daytime and evening classes


Complete full-time in as fast as 2 years (traditional) to 3 years (extended)


Extensive clinical opportunities on and off-campus


Conduct research and present at conferences

Program Options

  • Traditional program (51 credits) is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or equivalent). Can be completed in 6-8 semesters.
  • Extended program (maximum 81 credits) is ideal for students with a degree from another major. This option includes taking undergraduate foundational courses. Can be completed in 8-10 semesters.

Program is Ideal For

People who want to become a licensed speech-language pathologist and/or a certified New York state teacher of students with speech and language disabilities (TSSLD).

Curriculum Examples

  • Neuroanatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
  • Autism Supports Across the Lifespan
  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Aphasia
  • Counseling

Value of your Degree

  • Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the Praxis examination.
  • Our graduates report 100% employment rates after graduation.

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Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Graduate's Perspective

"The graduate program in speech-language pathology is full of amazing opportunities in all aspects of the field, from classes to placements and even community outreach programs! The professors are always supportive, positive and encouraging. I would recommend Nazareth's graduate program to any speech-language pathology student in a heartbeat!"

Jaime Campbell '14, speech-language pathologist at Hill Haven Transitional Care Center in Webster, N.Y.

"The professors both challenged and supported me. They encouraged civic engagement experiences, which not only made the coursework more meaningful, but also provided me with a diverse skillset that allowed me to co-present at an international conference, work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and create a hearing screening program in Ecuador. The combination of clinical experiences and interprofessional collaboration prepared me for my professional work locally and globally

Anne Marie LaFave '13, '15G, speech-language pathologist for the Rochester City School District

What to Expect

  • Nazareth's speech-language pathology graduate program is nationally accredited. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by ASHA, and to apply for licensing and teacher certification by the New York State Education Department.
  • Supportive, accessible faculty members are licensed, experienced as practitioners and instructors, and have a variety of research interests.
  • You have the option to get specialized preparation in working with children with autism through Nazareth's Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism (I-SPAN) specialization, and your cost for those courses may be covered by a federal grant: I-SPAN Scholars grant opportunity.
  • You have the option to take a three-course elective sequence in the deafness specialization program.
  • If you are highly proficient in Spanish, you can take three additional classes to earn a bilingual extension. Speech-language pathologists with bilingual certification are in high demand in schools across New York state.
  • You have the option to enroll in Nazareth's four-course Medical Specialization Program for preparation to work in medical settings across the continuum of health care (hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, etc.) and across the lifespan.
  • Nazareth's York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute opened in 2015, doubling on-campus clinic space, increasing research opportunities, and enhancing inter-professional collaboration across Nazareth's School of Health and Human Services and School of Education.
  • Study abroad option: Work with deaf children and young adults in Ethiopia.

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Speech Pathology at Nazareth College

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    The master's in science education program in speech-language pathology at Nazareth College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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