Continuing Professional Education
Each year the Communication Sciences and Disorders program offers courses, workshops, and special events designed for postgraduates and other practicing professionals in the field and related fields. Also, under the Alumni Audit Program, alumni may audit courses offered through the program at substantially reduced fees. The program in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Audiology is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as a continuing education sponsor.
Academic, Practical, and Research Training Opportunities
Instruction in the areas of speech and language pathology and audiology includes formal coursework (lectures, seminars, colloquia) and practica training. The formal coursework within each area is supplemented by videotape and live-case presentations by the instructors and by direct experiences with clients within the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders. Practical training at the master’s and doctoral levels includes lecture/ demonstrations, small-group instruction, and direct experience with clients. Students engaged in practica are supervised individually and in groups by the faculty and staff of the program. Unusual opportunities for learning and inquiry with reference to advanced clinical, supervisory, teaching, and research activities are provided within the large, well equipped, and active Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders.
Opportunities for clinical and research experiences also exist in numerous affiliated field settings. For example, practical training experiences are available in approximately 60-80 selected field facilities including hospital, rehabilitation centers, and school settings.
The program’s Clinic Laboratory is used to train students in the application of precision instrumentation for objective measurement of the phonatory, articulatory, and fluency dimensions of speech behavior. The laboratory is an integral element in the diagnostic and treatment services provided by the Speech and Hearing Center and enhances opportunities for clinical research.
Special learning and research experiences are available through the program’s Speech Research Laboratory and for qualified students, in laboratories maintained by the Department’s programs in applied physiology and motor learning. Additional research facilities are available in several related Teachers College programs and Columbia University departments in various affiliated institutions throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.
Traineeships on the master’s and doctoral levels from the Veterans Administration, the League Center, and other agencies are available through the department.
The program for preparing teachers of students with speech and language disabilities is approved by the New York State Education Department. The Ph.D., Ed.D., and M.S. programs are also registered by the New York and New Jersey State Education Departments.