Credentials in Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential Process

Students must complete the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential before they can work as speech-language pathologists in the school setting. Individuals accepted into the graduate program must complete the M.A. in speech-language pathology before they are issued the credential.

Certification of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists

Completion of the master's degree fulfills all the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology. A Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) of paid, professional, supervised experience is required along with passing the Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Test before the certificate is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Certification of Clinical Competence is required for employment in nearly all work settings except the public schools. All students are encouraged to acquire national certification regardless of the work setting they may choose.

California License as a Speech-Language Pathologist

The master's degree fulfills all academic and clinical practicum requirements for the State license. A year of Required Professional Experience (RPE) is necessary along with passing the Praxis Test before the license is issued by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board . The license is required for employment in almost all settings except the public schools.

The CFY and RPE can be completed concurrently when graduates accept their first professional position.