The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the field of speech-language pathology to grow 11 percent between 2006 and 2016. To become part of this growing career, learn the facts about the type of degree a speech therapist needs.

Degree Type

States require speech therapists to have a master's degree in speech-language pathology to qualify for a license and work in the state.

Degree Length

Master's degree programs in speech-language pathology last two years. Students first spend four years in college to obtain their bachelor's degree, and then they seek admission to a master's degree program in speech therapy.


The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology accredits master's and doctoral degree programs for speech therapists.


To qualify for a license from the state, a speech therapist must provide proof of a master's degree or higher in speech-language pathology from an accredited institution and then must take a licensing exam.

Licensing Exam

After earning their master's degree in speech therapy, students can take the Praxis exam. A score of 600 or higher is required to meet state professional licensing requirements.

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