Licensures and Certifications
MA Educator License:
Emerson’s master’s degree program in Communication Disorders is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to prepare students to become specialist teachers in speech, language, and hearing disorders at levels pre-K through 12.
All graduate students are encouraged to obtain the Massachusetts educator license, which is honored reciprocally in many states, often without requiring additional coursework. To qualify for the initial license, students must have a school practicum placement; must pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Communication and Literacy Skills Test section; and apply for the license.
For details, contact Sandy Cohn Thau, program director for Educator Preparation and Licensure.
Early Intervention Certification:
The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers preparation for Provisional Certification with Advanced Standing (PCAS), the initial certification for professionals working in MA certified early intervention programs.
After meeting the Department's requirements, graduating students may apply for PCAS, and later transition to full Certification as an Early Intervention Specialist (CEIS) after being employed for about one year in an early intervention setting.
For details, contact Betsy Micucci, program director for Early Intervention Certification.
Communication Disorders (MS) AT A GLANCE
Fall admission Only
Students usually complete the degree in two years (including one or two summer sessions).
The master's program in speech-language pathology at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.