Speech pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, diagnose and treat communication issues in children and adults. If you are a student who is interested in becoming a speech pathologist in the state of Rhode Island, this article will tell you how to find accredited speech therapy programs in the state, how to get certified as a speech therapist, and will let you know how much you can expect to earn after you graduate from an accredited school.
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Find Accredited Speech Language Pathology Education in Rhode Island
When looking for speech pathology programs in Rhode Island, the first instinct of most students is to go to Google. While there is nothing inherently wrong with firing up the Google search page on your laptop, there is a much more efficient way of locating these types of schools.
On the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), you can search speech-language therapy programs by state, degree types and areas of study. Once you pick which state’s licensing programs you want to see, you will be quickly taken to a page where an easily searchable list will be displayed. You also have the option of searching all institutions which have a language therapy curriculum.
Speech Language Pathology Certification in Rhode Island
In ordered to be certified as a speech-language therapist in Rhode Island, you must first be a graduate of a master’s or doctorate program at an accredited speech pathology school. You must also have undergone a clinical practicum that shows a certain level of clinical competence, worked as a fellow or trainee for at least nine months, passed a national certification exam, and have your ASHA certificate of clinical competence verified. If you are licensed in another state, that license will probably need to be verified by a professional body. All speech therapists seeking licenses in Rhode Island must also be “of good moral character.”
Salaries for Speech Language Pathology Jobs in Rhode Island
In 2012, the average salary for all Rhode Island speech-language specialists was $88,000. The projected employment growth for this field is 17 percent, which is faster than average.
List of Speech Language Pathology Programs in Rhode Island
- University of Rhode Island
- Rhode Island College