Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist

If you already know what S-LPs do and you're interested in what it takes to become one, you're in the right place. 

How long will it take? 

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can complete a master's in speech-language pathology in two or three years (depending on the program).


What will it take? 

Drive, perseverence, passion...and:

  • Meet entry requirements for a Master's program in speech-language pathology (Canada has eleven);
  • Depending on your undergraduate degree, you may have to take some additional prerequisite courses;
  • You may have to complete volunteer work - preferably working in a speech-language pathology environment;
  • Successfully complete a master's degree in speech-language pathology including supervised clinical practicum;
  • Many provinces regulate the profession of speech-language pathology. If you wish to work in a regulated province, you must register with the regulatory body (college) in the province or territory you wish to practice in.

Optional: Earn SAC Certification, a nationally and internationally-recognized standard of excellence as set by your peers. Learn more.


Is this the right choice for me? 

Unfortunately, we can't answer that for you. However, doing a volunteer placement with an S-LP before you apply to a university program is probably the best way to find out. And, when you do, be sure to ask a lot of questions. Find out as much as you can about, not only that particular S-LP's job, but other career avenues as well.

As an S-LP, you can work in many different environments, with a wide variety of issues and disorders across all age groups. Just because one particular path in the field isn't right for you, doesn't mean the profession isn't right for you. Learn more about what S-LPs do.


Ready to apply? 

List of Academic Programs in Canada

Become an SAC Student Associate


More questions?