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Certificate for Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD)

In New York State, speech-language pathologists who work with children in an educational institution must have the teaching certificate for students with speech-language disabilities (TSSLD) certification in addition to the M.A. and CFY or CCC-SLP. Educational institutions include schools, preschools, and all clinics and contract agencies (including some pediatric hospital therapy) that provide IEP (individualized education plan) services. An M.A. degree is required for the TSSLD.

The M.A. in speech-language pathology is a registered teacher certification program by the New York State Department of Education. Students who have completed the Lehman College program are considered qualified candidates for the TSLD if they complete the requirements listed here. In addition to the 63 credits of coursework required to the M.A., students will be expected to complete the four core requirements listed below. After completing all of the requirements, students meet with the Office of Teacher Certification in the Lehman College Department of Education for a review. That office then forwards to the NYS Department of Education a recommendation that the candidate receive the TSSLD.

The TSSLD certificate is available only in conjunction with the MA program. It is not an independent certificate. Students interested in teacher certification in a state other than New York should consult with the professional credentials required by that state.

The four core requirements for the TSSLD Certificate at Lehman College

  1. Five courses listed below (ECE 301, 302, 311, 431, and SPE 530)
  2. One externship in an elementary and/or secondary school and at least 150 hours of clinical practicum (Speech and Hearing Clinic and externships) with school-age students with speech and language disabilities in early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
  3. New York State Teacher Certification Exam – Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  4. Four mandated workshops
    • Child Abuse Identification
    • School Violence Intervention and Prevention
    • Autism
    • Dignity for All Students Act

TSSLD Coursework

  • ECE 301 The Child in Context: Child Study & Development – Birth to Grade 6 (3 credits)
  • ECE 302 Child, Family, Community, and Schools in Socio-Cultural Contexts – Birth to Grade 6 (3 credits)
  • *ECE 311 The Teaching Profession – Birth to Grade 6 (3 credits)
  • *ECE 434 Policies and Practices for Learners with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood Settings (3 credits)
  • SPE 530 Organization of the Speech & Hearing Program in Elementary and Secondary Schools (3 credits)

*Note: The contents of ECE 311 and ECE 434 are included within the core curriculum of the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. Therefore, the requirement for these courses may be waived if approved by the Lehman College Department of Education.

All courses are offered online during the winter and summer sessions.

For more information and additional pathways to the TSSLD please visit this page.

For questions on the TSSLD or to schedule an advisement meeting, please contact Professor Mary Boylan, Undergraduate Program Advisor, Speech Building Room 227, at