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

Communication Sciences and Disorders 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.