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Speech Language Pathology

Why SLP?

  • Thinking about an exciting career in communication sciences and disorders (CSD)?

Careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing sciences offer a variety of work settings and patient/client populations. 

  • What is a speech-language pathologist?

Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists are professionals who evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.  

  • Why a career as a speech-language pathologist?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is excellent employment outlook for speech-language pathology. Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. While many speech-language pathologists begin their educations with undergraduate degrees in CSD majors, there are a number of students who do not. Non-CSD majors may need to complete certain prerequisites in order to be accepted into a graduate program. Some programs may admit students and provide the prerequisite classes, while others may admit students on a conditional basis, pending successful completion of prerequisite course work. Some academic programs offer prerequisite courses online.

An entry-level degree (e.g. MA, MS, Med) is required for individuals who seek the credentials to practice in the profession (e.g., the American Speech Language Hearing Association [ASHA]  Certificate of Clinical Competence, state licensure).

Typically, graduate programs require:

  • a minimum 3.00 GPA
  • GRE scores
  • an essay
  • three letters of recommendation


SLP at Stony Brook Linguistics

What Stony Brook University courses are applicable to the field of study?

Currently, within the Department of Linguistics, there are numerous courses available which are typically prerequisite classes required for a graduate program in CSD. These courses include:

  • LIN 201: Phonetics - Study of the sounds used in human language.
  • LIN 330: Language Acquisition - Introduction to the field of language acquisition.
  • LIN 350: Experimental Phonetics – A survey of the most common experimental methods for studying the sounds used in human language. It provides a solid foundation for further courses in laboratory skills relevant to assessment of normal and disordered speech.
  • LIN 380: Anatomy and Physiology Speech and Hearing - A study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech, swallowing, and hearing mechanisms including the phonatory, articulatory, respiratory, and resonatory subsystems and the neural control.
  • LIN 381: Language and Speech Disorders - Overview of the developmental and
  • acquired communication disorders across the lifespan.
  • LIN 382: Audiology - Survey of the field of audiology, including, the physiology of hearing, and the nature, causes, and measurement of hearing impairment.

In addition to classes specific to the field of CSD, students who wish to apply for a graduate program in CSD should consider taking a course in each of the following foundational areas:

  • Biological Science -   Acceptable courses emphasize content related to human or animal sciences and  include the areas of biology, anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science. A lab component is not required.  
  • Social/Behavioral Science -   Acceptable courses are in the areas of psychology, educational psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, etc.
  • Physical Science -  Acceptable courses are either in physics or chemistry. A lab component is not required.
  • Statistics -   Acceptable courses include any college-level, stand-alone statistics course that is computational versus remedial, historical, or methodological in nature.  

Typically graduate programs also require 25 hours of observations under the direction of an ASHA certified SLP.


The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) .

This Chapter at Stony Brook is an extension of a bigger group of people under the same name of NSSLHA. Our goals are best expressed in the following statement:   Success starts with NSSLHA. We inspire, empower, and support students who has interest in the field of CSD. We give you the tools to navigate your academic career while preparing you for your professional one.

2017-18 E-Board Contacts:

President: Patrice Sanderson (

Vice President: Aylin Ramirez (

Secretary: Jennifer Kang (

Treasurer: Mina Karimi (

Faculty advisor: Prof. Jose Elias-Ulloa (

How to know more?

For further information and/or to schedule an appointment , please contact:

Jose Elias-Ulloa, Associate Professor, and Undergraduate Program Director


You can also contact:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc. (NYSSLHA)

Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA)



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