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Speech-Language Pathology, M.S.Ed.

Programs must be planned under advisement and approved by the director of the graduate program and the department chair. Students are expected to complete academic and clinical education requirements to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and New York State licensure in speech-language pathology. Additional coursework may be required for teacher certification. Students must complete a minimum of three semesters of supervised practica in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic prior to placement at off-campus practica. Only students in good standing are permitted to enroll in SLP 505 Graduate Practicum in an Educational Setting and SLP 611 Externship in Communication Disorders. Students must meet with their academic adviser before initial registration to plan a program that will ensure completion of ASHA certification, New York State licensure, and New York State teacher certification requirements.

 

The speech-language pathology program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is registered with the New York State Education Department for licensure in speech-language pathology and for the initial/professional teaching certificate (Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities).

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1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

 

2. A minimum of 25 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in speech-language pathology that includes courses related to the normal development of speech, language, and hearing processes; courses related to disordered speech, language, and hearing; and courses related to the speech and hearing sciences. For ASHA and NCATE certification, the following courses are also required. If they were not taken at the undergraduate level, they will be added to the graduate program:
3 credits in a biological science
3 credits in the physical sciences
3 credits in math (can be MAT 311)*
3 credits in the social and behavioral sciences
EDF 202 Child Development and Education or equivalent
EDF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs or equivalent

*The department requires a course in statistics.

3. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. For students with an undergraduate major in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major. For students from other majors, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major.

4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. All three scores will be evaluated.

5. A written personal statement reflecting reasons for choosing this discipline.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program
section in this catalog.

Application Deadline: Applicants must apply by February 1 for summer or fall admission. No applications are accepted for spring admission.

Required Courses ** 35 credits
SLP 501 Clinical Methods (2)
SLP 511 Neural Processes of Communication (3)
SLP 516 Diagnostic Principles and Procedures (2)
SLP 518 Extended Applications in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) (1)
SLP 541 Language Disorders: Birth to Age 5 (3)
SLP 580 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology (2)
SLP 605 Contemporary Issues in Clinical Interactions: Families and Culture (2)
SLP 606 Fluency Disorders and Cleft Palate (3)
SLP 607 Dysphagia Across the Life Span (2)
SLP 608 Neuromotor Speech Disorders Across the Life Span (2)
SLP 609 Disorders of Voice (2)
SLP 610 Evaluation and Treatment of Phonological Disorders (3)
SLP 621 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2)
SLP 622 Language Disorders of School-Aged Individuals (3)
SLP 623 Acquired Language Disorders (3)
SLP 625 Advanced Topics and Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3)*

 

Practicum ** 19 credits
SLP 505 Graduate Practicum in an Educational Setting (6)
SLP 515 Clinical Practicum (7; 1-3 cr per semester)
SLP 611 Externship in Communication Disorders (6)

Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis * 3-6 credits
Select one option:
SLP 690 Master’s Project
SLP 695 Master’s Thesis (3-6)

Comprehensive Examination 0 credits
The comprehensive examination in the Speech-Language Pathology Department can be taken in lieu of the SLP 690 Master’s Research Project or SLP 695 Master’s Thesis. The examination is a capstone experience leading to the master in education degree, and satisfactory completion represents the student’s knowledge in and ability to integrate information from a broad range of content areas. In addition to course work content, the examination assesses a student’s skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning as they relate to clinical decision-making. The examination consists solely of essay questions that require responses that are fact-based and that address complex clinical scenarios.

The examination is typically administered during the first week of the spring semester prior to students going out to externships and student teaching placements. As warranted, however, the date of the exam is subject to change. Students must be in good standing in the graduate program. There will be two readers for each question.

* Students who elect to take the comprehension examination must enroll in SLP 625.

Total Required Credit Hours 57-60 credits

** Selected under advisement

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Speech-Language Pathology

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