Speech-language pathology students learn techniques to work with patients to diagnose and treat disorders that inhibit their communication. In New Jersey, several public and private non-profit universities offer studies in the field. Students can pursue speech-language pathology as their main area of study or as a concentration within a larger program in communication disorders or education. Relevant studies are also offered through programs in audiology.
Studies are offered through master's degree programs as well as research- or clinical-focused doctoral programs. Bachelor's degree programs designed for students interested in continuing their education at the master's level are also available, and some of these programs allow students to earn credit toward their master's degree. Graduate students typically complete practical experiences at schools or on-campus clinics.
In addition to a bachelor's degree in speech-language hearing sciences, this Union university is home to a CAA-accredited speech-language pathology master's degree program that requires 57 credits of coursework. The curriculum includes 400 hours of clinical experience and classes in topics like assessment methods, alternative forms of communication and accent modification. Students must also pass the Praxis examination to complete program requirements. While enrolled, degree candidates can help provide therapeutic services to clients at school-sponsored clinics, such as the Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disorders.
Located in West Long Branch, Monmouth University is a 4-year school offering a master's degree in speech-language pathology. This full-time 24-month program is set to begin in the summer of 2013. Students are required to complete 60 credits of coursework that includes at least 400 hours of practical experience in such settings as schools and clinics. The program also emphasizes research and prepares students to enroll in doctoral programs after graduation.
This program's CAA accreditation is pending as of May 2013. Upon program approval, graduates can qualify for CAA certification.
Montclair State University
Located in Montclair, this school is the only institution in New Jersey offering both CAA-accredited speech-pathology master's degree and audiology doctoral degree programs. Program options include an entry-level Doctor of Audiology for students interested in clinical practice as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders for those students who would also like to take on teaching or research responsibilities. Resources available to students include the Montclair State Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology as well as research laboratories devoted to psychoacoustics, auditory rehabilitation and auditory electrophysiology.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Galloway's Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is a 4-year public institution that enrolls more than 8,000 students annually. Students interested in speech-language pathology careers can find a communication disorders master's degree program. This 3-year curriculum has been designated as a candidate for accreditation by the CAA and includes 60 credits of coursework. Topics of study cover dysphagia, motor speech, fluency and voice disorders. Students also complete 400 hours of clinical work experience.
The college features its own speech and hearing clinic where community members with hearing or speaking disorders come for treatment. Students learn how to conduct patient evaluations, perform testing and develop treatment strategies. The school also offers a speech and hearing club that allows students to attend local and national conferences, interact with other students in the program and participate in community service projects.
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University is located just 14 miles from New York City in South Orange, New Jersey. Its Bachelor of Science in Education program focuses on integrated elementary education, special education and early childhood education. An additional concentration in speech-language pathology includes graduate coursework and allows students who meet GPA requirements to receive admission into the speech-language pathology master's degree program.
This 2-year, CAA-accredited graduate program prepares students to treat language, speech and swallowing disorders. Degree candidates study advanced topics in neuroscience and brain injuries while continuing to learn about phonetics and language. Students also complete around 500 hours of clinical experience and work extensively in the university's six on-campus labs, including the Developmental Language and Cognition Laboratory and the Audiology Laboratory.
Seton Hall University also offers a PhD program in Health Sciences with a specialization in speech-language pathology. Curriculum provides students with an overview of the healthcare delivery system and allows them to focus on research in their area of interest. Students complete between 48 and 66 credits of coursework beyond a master's degree, 27 of which are in the specialization area. A doctoral dissertation is also required.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Situated in Wayne, this university's College of Science and Health features a stand-alone bachelor's degree program in communication disorders as well as an accelerated dual-degree program that allows students to also earn a master's degree by taking an additional 12 credit hours of coursework.
Students who enroll in this graduate communication disorders program study such topics as speech science, swallowing disorders, diagnostic procedures and statistical research methods. They also complete clinical experiences in on-campus clinics and at early childhood education facilities located off campus. The CAA accredits this master's degree curriculum.
New Jersey regulates the practice of professionals in this field by requiring them to become certified or licensed. To work as a speech-language pathologist in nonschool settings requires a license from the state's Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree and 42 credits of approved graduate coursework as well as the completion of at least nine months of supervised clinical experience. Candidates with a master's degree that meets curriculum and clinical requirements or a doctoral degree from a school approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) also qualify for licensure. All applicants will need to earn passing scores on the ETS' speech-language pathology exam.
Candidates who want to work in school settings must become certified as speech-language specialists by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. This process requires applicants to complete at least a master's degree in the field and earn passing scores on the Praxis II exam in speech-language pathology, which is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Prospective students looking to become certified as speech-language specialists or licensed as pathologists might want to check with the school they're interested in to make sure program curriculum meets state requirements. Many of the programs in this article are approved by the CAA to qualify graduates for its voluntary speech-language pathologist certification. According to the agency's website, educational requirements for this credential typically meet or exceed those mandated by state licensing boards.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Speech-Language Pathology Programs Available||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Kean University of New Jersey||4-year, public; large suburb||Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology||$11,581 in-state; $18,183 out-of-state*|
|Monmouth University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Master of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology||$33,729*|
|Montclair State University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology,
Doctor of Audiology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders
|$11,773 in-state; $20,320 out-of-state*|
|The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Master of Science in Communication Disorders||$12,820 in-state; $19,472 out-of-state*|
|Seton Hall University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Education: Integrated Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education, with a Concentration in Speech-Language Pathology,
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences
|William Patterson University of New Jersey||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders,
Master of Science in Communication Disorders
|$12,365 in-state; $20,125 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator