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Clinical Practicums and Field Placements

On-Campus MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Following the completion of core courses, graduate student clinicians participate in a five-step Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Sequence (Practicum I-V) which consists of both on-campus and off-campus clinical experiences to prepare them to be well-rounded speech-language pathologists. Each step in the sequence is a semester in length. 

After the Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Sequence, students will have completed clinical learning in a minimum of three different settings with exposure across the nine disorders. Our program is a generalist program and does not offer specific tracks based on interests (e.g. medical, school, etc.). The Clinical Field Placement Team considers your interests; however, no guarantees are made.  Your electives are where you should further explore your interests within the field. Ultimately, it is the availability of the specific site in a given semester and their selection with the most qualified student. All experiences will be completed under the supervision of a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who meets the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards on supervision.

Direct Contact Hours

Our national governing body, ASHA requires that students complete 25 guided clinical observation hours before beginning the Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Sequence. They are then required to complete a minimum of 375 direct contact hours to be eligible for certification and professional licensure

Each Practicum course is coupled with a different immersive clinical experience either at the NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic or an off-campus field placement, which will include a school setting. This allows for students to meet the necessary NY state requirements for the Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) including:

Exposure to working in a private or public state-registered school setting.

  • 150 direct contact hours (treatment and diagnostic) with students with speech and language disabilities from early childhood to adolescence.
  • Supervision is offered by a speech-language pathologist who has their TSSLD or TSHH, or state equivalent certification.

Additionally, all students must earn a minimum of 5 diagnostic hours over the Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Sequence (Practicum I-V). Please note it is to a student's advantage to surpass the minimum direct contact hour requirements.

All students must meet the TSSLD requirements. However, students seeking teacher certification outside of NY State should refer to the Professional Licensure page for additional information individual state requirements may differ.

Practicums I-III: NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

For Clinical Practicum I-III, students will primarily be in our NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The opportunities presented allow student clinicians to apply their knowledge from coursework to a variety of clinical cases across the lifespan. Please refer to the NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic webpage for specific information. 

On average, students earn approximately 75 direct contact hours. They are expected to attend the NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic up to five days per week.

Specialty Clinics During Practicums I-III

Students also have the unique opportunity to work under the supervision of NYU adjunct and clinical faculty at a variety of partner sites throughout Practicums I-III. This may include:  

  •  Gigi's Playhouse - Graduate student clinicians across Practicum I-III will work with Gigi Playhouse members in a group setting fostering leadership and self-advocacy.
  • Lenox Hill Neighborhood House - Graduate student clinicians in the BE track and non-BE track when available provide speech and language services work with multilingual preschoolers in an early childhood setting in groups and individual sessions
  • Terrance Cardinal Cooke available- Graduate student clinicians in Practicum I provide group intervention and individual sessions when avaialbe to patients with the neurogenerative disease: Huntingtons.
  • Creative Steps University Settlement -  Graduate student clinicians provide speech and language enrichment and screenings to pre-schoolers in a school setting.

Practicums IV-V: Field Placements

The purpose of the off-campus field placement experience is for students to apply their theoretical and clinical knowledge to continue "learning by doing" in one primarily pediatric (Practicum IV) and one primarily adult (Practicum V) setting to further advance their clinical and professional competencies as outlined by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders.

Each field placement experience is full-time and a semester in length (can range from 12-16 weeks depending on site requirements) and requires a student to attend 3-5 days per week, 35+ hours per week (does not include work that is required outside of your time at your field placement (e.g. planning, outside research, etc.). The cadence of each field placement is at the discretion of the field placement supervisor. Working during field placements is strongly discouraged due to the demanding schedule and workload requirements coupled with electives and practicum course assignments. It is recommended that students plan for full-time field placement experiences several semesters before entering the field placement sequence. This includes but is not limited to establishing child or elder care, etc.  

Students complete their field placements in various settings, such as hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation clinics, specialized schools designed to meet the unique needs of children with various disabilities, public schools, and other settings.


Students are discouraged from finding their placements. The Clinical Field Placement Team, a dedicated group of speech-language pathologists has many connections across the NYC Metro Area and works diligently to ensure that all students are properly placed.  The Clinical Field Placement Team matches students to potential sites and assigns the student the responsibility of setting up and preparing for the interview. Selection of a student for field placement is highly competitive. The Clinical Field Placement Team works closely with the Clinic Director, Academic Advising Team, and clinical and academic faculty members to determine which sites are appropriate for students based on their clinical skills and their academic needs. 

Please contact for additional information.

Background Checks: Coverage

In accordance with applicable law and department guidelines, the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (“CSD”) at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development will require background checks for all students enrolled in the MS degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders who will be participating in an NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic or other related on-campus initiatives, including immersions (hereinafter, “clinical training program”).

A student may not begin to participate in a clinical training program unless and until CSD has determined that the student has successfully completed the background check in accordance with applicable law and department guidelines. Please take note that a criminal history does not automatically disqualify a student from participating in a clinical training program. CSD will conduct a full analysis consistent with applicable law before any final decision is made with respect to participation in the program. If CSD determines that the student may not participate in the clinical training program based on the results of the background check, the student may not be eligible to satisfy the requirements for the MS degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

In accordance with applicable law, the results of the background check will be kept confidential and shall not be used, distributed, or disseminated to any persons other than those involved in making a decision about the student’s participation in the clinical training program.

Background Checks: Field Placements

Please be advised that students may also be required to undergo a background check before participating in a field placement program with a non-NYU site. The scope and review of the background check will depend on the process and procedures of the non-NYU site. If the non-NYU site determines that the student may not participate in the placement, while CSD will make every effort to help the student find alternative placement, if not possible, the student may not be eligible to satisfy the requirements for the MS degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Background Checks: Licensing Requirements

Please also be advised that a criminal history may render a student ineligible to receive a state license or clinical certification. Students who are planning on working in the state of New York should address questions about licensing eligibility and background checks to the New York State Board of Regents’ Office of the Professions. Students who are planning on working in a state other than New York should direct questions about background checks to the licensing board of that particular state. Contacts for the licensing boards of each state, as well as applicable licensing laws and regulations, may be accessed through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  

Accreditation Information

The master of science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology (residential and distance education) at New York 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.