The SLPD Clinical Doctorate Degree: Pros and Cons
The SLPD clinical doctorate degree is an advanced degree in speech-language pathology. Earning an SLPD degree means that the speech-language pathologist (SLP) does beyond the required masters degree. There are several different SLPD programs in the United States and most are rigorous because they prepare SLPs for advanced clinical practice.
Pros of the SLPD degree
- It prepares students for advanced clinical practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and private practices.
- The SLPD degree is valuable for those who want to advance their careers in speech-language pathology.
Cons of the SLPD degree
- The SLPD degree takes time, usually two to three years, and it is expensive.
- The SLPD does not allow you to do research at a university in a tenure-track position. You need a PhD or an EdD to be considered for a tenure track position.
- No speech-language pathology positions require an SLPD.
- There are variations in quality and rigor among the SLPD programs. Why? The degree requirements have not been standardized because it is not accredited.
If you are considering the SLPD degree, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure that you know earning an SLPD is a rigorous process.
- Do your research to find a program for you. It’s possible a PhD or an educational doctorate (EdD) may make more sense if you want to do research at the university level.
- Be prepared to invest time and money to complete the program.
The SLPD degree can be a valuable investment for those who are passionate about speech-language pathology and want to advance their careers in the field.
Here are some additional things to consider when deciding whether or not to pursue the SLPD degree:
- Your career goals: If you want to work in a leadership role in speech-language pathology, such as as a clinical director or program manager, the SLPD degree could be valuable.
- Your financial situation: The SLPD degree is a significant financial investment.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to pursue the SLPD degree is a personal one. Weigh the pros and cons carefully and make the decision that is best for you.