Graduate Study - NIU - Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology

Graduate Study: Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology

We offer a specialization in Speech-Language Pathology for those completing the master's program in Communication Disorders (M.A.).

Prior to applying to the graduate program, students must complete prerequisite coursework, which can be taken as part of an undergraduate communicative disorders degree program or taken as a post-baccalaureate student.

Areas of Study

Students select courses from a broad menu including Swallowing Disorders, Aphasia, Voice Disorders, Child Language Disorders, School Age Language Disorders, Phonological Disorders, and a number of others.

Additionally, a thesis option is available for students interested in completing original investigations under the supervision of a faculty member.


Certifications and Job Placement

Upon completing the master's degree, students specializing in Speech-Language Pathology meet the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence and qualify for licensure by the state of Illinois. In order to practice as a speech-language pathologist, graduates must pass the Praxis II: Subject Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology exam

Students also have the option of pursuing an Illinois Professional Educator License in Non-Teaching Speech-Language Pathology at NIU. Prior to completing a full time experience in a school setting, students must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency and the speech-language pathology non-teaching exam from the Illinois State Board of Education.

The career success rate upon graduation is 100%.

 NIU will provide transcript evaluation and reports to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Illinois State Board of Education in preparation for certification in speech language pathology and/or a professional educator license with a nonteaching speech-language pathologist endorsement necessary to practice in the Illinois public schools.

How to Apply

To specialize in Speech-Language Pathology, prospective students must submit completed application materials to NIU’s graduate school by January 15.  However, students are encouraged to submit all items earlier, because applications that are incomplete on the due date will not be reviewed. Read more about admission requirements and deadline dates.

Our program is competitive and rigorous, designed for full-time students. A typical applicant has above a 3.75 cumulative GPA and a score of 154 on each GRE subtest.


The Master’s program in speech-language pathology at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is designed for all students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for clinical certification (CCC-SLP).