Speech Pathology Programs in Connecticut - CT
Speech and Language Pathologist – CT
The state of Connecticut currently (2010) employs 1420 licensed Speech and Language Pathologists. Each of these licensed professionals earns an average yearly salary of $77,820, which amounts to $11,000 more than the national average yearly salary. Job opportunities for Speech and Language Pathologists are projected by the BLS to grow faster than average through the year 2018, with a 19% increase expected across the United States through that time period. This is partly due to the growing number of elementary and secondary education students needing the services of Speech and Language Pathologists, under the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law guaranteeing special education to all eligible children with disabilities. Positions for Speech and Language Pathologists will also increase in hospitals, health care facilities, and in private practice.
Steps to Become a Speech and Language Pathologist in the State of Connecticut
- Receive a master's or doctorate degree through online or campus based Connecticut speech language pathology graduate programs. The program from which you graduate must be accredited by the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Have transcripts sent from the school to the Department of Public Health (address below).
- If you don't have a master's or doctorate degree in speech and language pathology, you can still apply for licensure in Connecticut, if you completed an integrated educational program that satisfies the ASHA educational requirements for the award of a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Go to www.asha.org for more information on receiving your CCC.
- Complete a Supervised Professional Experience or submit information verifying work experience of at least 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.
- Pass the Educational Testing Service's NTE Specialty Area Test in speech and language pathology with a scaled score of 600.
- Submit a completed, notarized application, which can be found at www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/practitioner_licensing_and_investigations/plis/speech/slp_apponly.pdf along with an application fee of $200 and a passport-sized head shot photo. All information should be mailed to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Speech and Language Pathology Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS# 12 MQA
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308