Your speech therapist has a master of arts or sciences degree in speech-language pathology, or communication sciences. She has spent several semesters working in externships in order to further her training in various types of locations: hospitals, clinics, or schools. Your speech therapist passed a national exam and was certified to practice, receiving a “Certificate of Clinical Competency,” which is why the letters after her name read, M.S., or M.A./CCC-SLP. Your speech therapist is required to continue her education in order to remain certified and licensed to practice. Some of our therapists hold specialty certifications in areas such as VitalStim and the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program for Parkinson patients.