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What training is needed to become a speech pathologist?

To become a speech pathologist, the following training is needed:

  • bachelor's degree
  • master’s degree accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • supervised clinical hours (greater than 300 hours, some of these must be supervised)
  • one-year clinical fellowship (1260 hours of clinical practice)

After training to become a speech pathologist, the person must pass the Praxis exam and receive a certificate of clinical competence. Potentially, speech and language pathologists may need teaching certificates and appropriate licensing to find a job in the speech and language pathology field.

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