The master's (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The curriculum allows the student to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). In addition, students enrolled in the M.A. program in speech-language pathology are eligible to apply to the Massachusetts Board of Education for licensure as a teacher of the speech, language, and hearing-impaired upon completion of their degree program.
To be eligible to participate in an off-campus practicum in a public school in Massachusetts (a requirement for teacher licensure), students are required to take and achieve a passing score on the Reading and Writing sub-tests of the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Admitted students are strongly advised to take this test before beginning the graduate program. Information about the MTEL can be found on the MTEL website.
All students must complete the required courses listed below. Students may be waived from one or more of the required courses only if comparable course work has been completed at another institution. Under no circumstance, however, will a student be permitted to graduate with less than 30 graduate degree credits, as required by the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and/or the necessary distribution of academic course work and clinical practicum experiences to be eligible for certification in speech-language pathology and initial educator licensure. While all clinical practica must be taken for credit, no more than six credits of clinical practicum may be applied to the minimum 30 credits of graduate course work required for the awarding of the master's degree. It is expected that it will take students two academic years plus the summer in between (5 semesters) to complete our MA program.
Some of our students are funded through a U.S. Department of Education personnel preparation grant designed to prepare professionals to work with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For more information on the personnel preparation grant, visit www.umass.edu/doegrants/.