Our highly competitive graduate program prepares students for a career in speech-language pathology by providing the skills needed to earn their national certifications and licensures.
Successful completion of the Master's degree in Communication Disorders meets the academic requirement for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
This certification also requires that the candidate pass a national examination (See Praxis Examination below) as well as complete a supervised clinical fellowship year. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements are met and that appropriate documentation is submitted in order to receive this national certification.
Here are some ASHA links that may be of interest or assistance: Student Specific Information from ASHA
Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
In the state of Missouri, speech-language pathologists are licensed by the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. Candidates who have met the requirements for the CCC-SLP awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association are eligible for state licensure. Information regarding application for licensure is available at the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.
Most other states also require a license to practice speech-language pathology although requirements may vary from state to state. If you anticipate practicing in a state other than Missouri, information about requirements in other states is available at ASHA.
National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS)
In order to be eligible for national certification in speech-language pathology, students must pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS). It is recommended that students take this examination near the end of completion of the master's degree. For students obtaining a degree at Southeast, scores from the PRAXIS must be submitted prior to granting of the degree or apply in writing for an exemption from this requirement. There is no minimum score required on the PRAXIS in order to obtain the master's degree, only the requirement that scores be submitted in order that the Department may track student performance on this examination.
A minimum passing score is required on the PRAXIS in order to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Current information about the examination, when and where the examination is offered, and minimum score requirements are available at ASHA.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MDESE)
For students wishing to secure employment as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools in Missouri, school certification is required. If the person already has licensure in the state of Missouri as a speech-language pathologist, then they are eligible to apply for certification in the schools. There are also provisions for persons who are working toward state licensure but have not yet met all requirements. The current certification requirements may be accessed at MDESE. For persons seeking school certification in states other than Missouri, the person should consult that state's department of education for certification requirements.