Certification and Licensure

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification

Upon completion of the program and passing the national Praxis exam, students are qualified to begin a Clinical Fellowship, which leads to obtaining a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA.

Massachusetts License in speech-language pathology

The Emerson master’s program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Therefore, graduates of the program meet the criteria for licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to practice as a speech language pathologist.

Massachusetts 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.