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100-Year Legacy of SLP Education

Apply by 6/1/24 for Fall 2024 - Seats Limited

We have had a much larger number of applicants than expected and are no longer accepting regular-entry student applications for Fall 2024. We ARE still accepting applications for leveling students (who haven’t completed any background courses in communication disorders).

If you have any questions, please complete the form below for more program information and to register for our next live webinar information session. For those who have already taken this step, please reply to your email from Yesenia Baez, Admissions Advisor, with any questions you may have.


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An Online Pathway Designed for Your Success in Speech-Language Pathology


As the areas of professional practice for speech-language pathologists are rapidly expanding, so are the types of clients they are expected to serve. Ithaca College's online SLP program will equip you with broad clinical experience as well as academic instruction to be workforce ready.

About Ithaca's Online SLP Program


With more than 100 years of experience in SLP education, Ithaca College supports your journey to practice through fully online coursework and prerequisites (alongside in-person clinical experiences). The online Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) is a competitively priced, accredited program designed to provide the same level of engagement and support you’d receive in an on-campus program. Here, you’ll benefit from: 

  • Degree completion in less than 3 years 
  • Our history of exceptional program outcomes 
  • Immersive virtual simulations 
  • Ongoing student support 
  • No travel requirements (outside of in-person clinical experiences) 
  • Clinical placement support in your local area 
  • The opportunity to earn your degree while maintaining work/life balance 
  • A connected learning environment 
  • Engaged faculty dedicated to student success 
  • A diverse community of peers from across the country 
  • 53 total credits without prerequisite courses 
  • 71 credits with prerequisite courses 
  • 100% online coursework 
  • No on-campus residency requirement 
  • Accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 
  • 8 semesters, part-time (2.7 years to complete), without prerequisite courses 
  • 11 semesters, part-time (3.7 years), with prerequisite courses 
  • Two intakes per year (Fall and Spring) 
  • Tuition: $53,000 (without prerequisite courses) 
  • Tuition: $71,000 (with prerequisite courses)
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) 
  • 2 letters of recommendation 
  • 25 observation hours (non-levelling students)
  • Prerequisite courses 

Speech and Hearing Prerequisites (offered online)

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 
  • Phonetics 
  • Child Language Development 
  • Basic Audiology 
  • Basic Speech Science 
  • Clinical Observation 

Other Prerequisites

One college-level course in each of the following:

  • Physics or Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Social or Behavioral Science

Students from a number of states are welcome to apply to Ithaca College’s online SLP program. Please see our State Authorization page for more detailed information. 

Licensure Requirements: 

For SLP licensure, every state requires a graduate degree and a passing* score on the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology. Licensure requirements by state can be viewed here. Please see our state licensure disclosure here

*Each state determines its passing score for professional licensure and teacher credentialing 

Accreditation


Ithaca College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Ithaca College's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA)*.

*The Master’s of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (distance education) at Ithaca 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Our current accreditation period extends through January 31, 2027.

A copy of our department's vision, mission, and strategic plan is available for review.

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Online SLP Program Curriculum Sample


Information is provided about the development of normal and disordered communication in children from 3 to 21 years of age. Includes material regarding important theories, legislation, service delivery models, assessment, remediation, literacy, and specific populations of special-needs children.  Attributes: TE. (3 Credits)

Objectives are to help the student understand basic statistical concepts utilized in research design and in speech-language pathology and audiology. Focus will be on the scientific method as a problem-solving process, developing experimental procedures for answering research questions, learning to establish and test hypotheses, and summarizing and interpreting data. (3 Credits)

Introduction to augmentative communication with discussion of its impact on individuals who are severely speech and language impaired. Students are familiarized with augmentative communication techniques and strategies. Assessment and intervention options are covered. Students have an opportunity for hands-on experience with a variety of augmentative communication devices and other adaptive equipment. Attributes: TE. (3 Credits)

Prepares students to identify, differentiate, and contrast the phenomenology, symptomatology, and diagnostic and therapeutic processes of adult aphasia, apraxia of speech, and related disorders. (S) (3 Credits)

Ready to Speak with an Advisor?


If this program seems right for your SLP future, simply click below to get started.

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STEP 1
Complete the Form 

Enter your information and instantly access your digital program guide.

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Speak with an Advisor

An advisor will reach out to you, or you can schedule a call at a time that is right for you.

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Submit Your Application

Gather the information you need and get started on your application.

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STEP 4
Get Started on Your MS SLP Degree

Confirm your admittance and earn your online SLP master’s degree in 3 years or less.

Clinical Placement Services


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How will I secure clinical experience placements?

Our dedicated placement team will help you find an appropriate clinical experience so you can save time and focus on your studies.

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When do the clinical experiences take place?

Throughout your program, you will have four clinical practica, as well as two full-time externships in the final semester. These experiences will prepare you for a career in speech-language pathology.

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What is involved with clinical experiences?

The clinical experiences are designed to provide you with real-world, hands-on experience to complement your classroom learning. These off-campus experiences in practice settings near your home enrich your graduate experience by preparing you for action in the field in a variety of settings.

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How far will my clinical experiences be from my home?

Our dedicated placement team will work with you to secure a clinical placement as near to your home as possible.

"Today at my externship, I received the coin of excellence from the Commander of the hospital. This coin is given to recognize personnel who performed to excellence far beyond what is normally expected...I would not have been able to accomplish something like this if it was not for the speech-language pathology department at IC. Thank you."

- SLP Student

"Ithaca College is a community that helps you flourish and discover your true potential. I am the person I am today because of IC."

- SLP Student

A Supportive Online Pathway to a Fulfilling SLP Career

With more than 100 years of experience in SLP education, Ithaca College supports your journey through fully online coursework with no travel requirements, clinical experience placements near your home, the same level of support you’d receive in an on-campus program, and exceptional program outcomes.

An Immersive and Connected Online Experience

Designed with the same rigor as a campus program, our online Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program provides immersive virtual simulations, dedicated faculty attention, and the ability to connect with a diverse community of peers from across the country.

Why Ithaca College?


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YEARS OF QUALITY SLP EDUCATION*
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YEARS OR LESS TO COMPLETE YOUR SLP DEGREE

*Ithaca College has offered Speech-Language Pathology programs for more than 100 years as a campus-based program

Online SLP Program FAQs


The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA)*.  
 
*The Master’s of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology (distance education) at Ithaca 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  
 
Our current accreditation period extends through January 31, 2027.   
 
A copy of our department's vision, mission, and strategic plan is available for review.    

The degree can be completed in 8 semesters (2.7 years) without prerequisite courses or 11 semesters (3.7 years) with prerequisite courses.

Yes! Ithaca College has a more than 100-year legacy in SLP education, so you can expect a quality education taught by expert faculty dedicated to student success.

Yes! This program is designed specifically for working professionals to maintain work/life balance. No campus visits or travel are required. However, in your last semester you will be expected to dedicate time to clinical experiences and work commitments may need to change.

SLP By the Numbers


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The demand for speech-language pathologists is one of the fastest growing in the United States. SLPs work in a variety of environments, including education and healthcare, across the lifespan with individuals who are experiencing communication and/or swallowing disorders, including such positions as:  

  •  Special education teacher  
  •  Administrator  
  •  College faculty  
  •  Researchers  
  •  Doctoral candidates  
  •  Consultants  

 

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