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Professional and Clinical Training

Programs leading to the M.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare graduates for positions in a variety of professional settings: school systems, community speech and hearing centers, rehabilitation centers, hospital clinics, private practice, state departments of education, health departments, federal agencies, and colleges and universities.

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Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders

The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate training program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College.  The Clinic offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders.

Services are provided by program faculty and supervisory staff who hold national and state certification in their respective areas. Qualified graduate students provide or assist in the provision of these services under the direct supervision of the faculty and staff.

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International Programs

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Teachers College offers two international programs that offer students the opportunity to gain international experience as part of degree and certificate programs.

The International programs are led by Dr. Crowley.

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Research Facilities

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Teaches College is home to three laboratories that utilize functional imaging and other methodologies to study typical and disordered production and perception of speech and language as well as swallowing disorders.


Welcome to the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University.  

The master’s education program in speech-language pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

As a student in our department, you may pursue a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  This program is planned to prepare students for a career as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of settings, including community speech and hearing centers, schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and private practice. 

Students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some have undergraduate degrees from departments that have focused on normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing; others have degrees in such varied fields as linguistics, psychology, education, biology, theater, Spanish--to name only a few.  Many come to graduate school directly from undergraduate programs; others have worked for a time before deciding to pursue graduate studies.  All of our students share a common goal: to prepare for a career in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.  Teachers College is nationally ranked one of the top schools in the field.

Speech-Language Pathology at Teachers College is a rigorous, full-time program of study.  To meet the academic and practicum requirements of the program, students with an undergraduate background in communication disorders typically need to take a minimum of 50 points.   Students with an undergraduate background can expect to complete the requirements in 2 years, including one summer.  Students with little or no undergraduate background in communication disorders typically take a minimum of 74 points in order to complete the requirements.  This requires two and a half years of study years including two summers.
Requirements for Masters of Science at Teachers College incorporate academic and practicum requirements for the ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence, as well as departmental and college requirements.  Students who complete the degree program are also eligible for New York State licensing in speech and language pathology.  The masters program in Speech and Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.