Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Luanne Andersson, Associate Professor and Chair

Mary Pitti, Assistant Clinical Professor, Clinical Program Director and Assistant Chair

Jana Waller, Clinical Instructor and Assistant Chair 

Students who select speech-language pathology (SLP) as their major typically pursue a career as practicing speech-language pathologists. The Ithaca College undergraduate program in SLP provides the solid clinical and academic foundation essential for achieving that goal. Students who successfully complete the Ithaca College undergraduate program in SLP earn a B.S. degree that provides them with the foundational knowledge and beginning clinical skills that are important for further graduate study in speech-language pathology. Students are also well prepared to enter related areas of study at the graduate level, such as audiology, elementary education, and special education.

Professional coursework focuses on basic human communication processes while introducing students to the study of speech-language and hearing disorders and providing a capstone experience through a clinical practicum. Professional coursework is complemented by the Integrative Core Curriculum which includes carefully selected liberal arts and teacher education courses.

A master’s degree is required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in SLP (CCC-SLP) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of New York, awarded by the New York State Office of Professions (NYSOP).

Strengths of the Ithaca College program in SLP include the following opportunities:

  1. taking classes in the major during the first year at Ithaca College;
  2. taking up to 46 credits in courses pertaining to disordered communication (e.g., basic audiology, child language disorders, articulation disorders), providing excellent preparation for graduate school;
  3. completing at least 25 hours of carefully sequenced clinical observations accompanied by thoughtfully constructed professional writing assignments;
  4. completing a capstone clinical experience while earning approximately 15 to 25 clinical clock hours working directly with clients in the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic or an approved off-campus clinic site (these clinical clock hours may be applied to the total hours required for certification);
  5. studying abroad during the junior year, if desired;
  6. having a minor area of study (e.g. psychology, Deaf Studies);
  7. enrolling in teacher education coursework that is required for New York State Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification; and
  8. participating in the auto-acceptance program for graduate study in SLP at Ithaca College for students who, at the time of application to the graduate program, have met acceptance criteria.

Special Academic Status Policy for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Majors

To maintain satisfactory academic standing, a student must

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above,
  2. complete all required departmental courses (SLPA xxxxx) with a grade of C- or better, and
  3. successfully complete at least 24 credits in any consecutive 12 months.

Prior to completion of the major, the student is required to repeat required departmental courses in which he or she receives a grade below C-. No advanced course may be taken until all prerequisites for it have been completed with a grade of C- or better.

Academic warning: A student who fails to meet any of the requirements for satisfactory standing stated above will be placed on academic warning.

Dismissal: A student who fails to meet the requirements for satisfactory standing for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major and also may be suspended or dismissed from the school and from Ithaca College. If remaining at Ithaca College, students must obtain entrance to another major during the semester following their dismissal; obtaining entrance to another major is the responsibility of the student.


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