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Communication Sciences and Disorders

The graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders are dedicated to the advancement of science and art associated with the study of all aspects of human communication, and the prevention and treatment of its disorders across the lifespan. The programs offer advanced education and training in the processes of individual human communication (speech, hearing, language, and upper aero-digestive disorders), disorders of human communication, and swallowing and remedial procedures for such disorders. Graduates are prepared for positions in a variety of professional settings: school systems, community speech and language centers, rehabilitation centers, hospital clinics, private practice, state departments of education, health departments, federal agencies, and colleges and universities.

  • The Masters of Science (MS-SPTH, MS-SPTH-IN, MS-SPBL-DU, MS-SPTH-PF) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders aims to facilitate student’s development of the academic and clinical knowledge, skills and ethical awareness necessary to practice speech language pathology in increasingly diverse and multicultural societies in local and worldwide communities. Our mission is to educate a scholarly practitioner who is broadly trained across the scope of practice and who is grounded in the research base of our discipline and profession. This degree program leads to professional licensing, and, if elected, to the New York State teacher of students with speech and language disabilities certificate. The Bilingual/Multicultural Program focus (MS-SPBL-DU) is for students who wish to develop expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents with communication disorders. The bilingual/multicultural program focus satisfies the course work and field placement requirements for the bilingual extension to the New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certificate.

  • The Doctor of Education (EDD-SPTH) program prepares candidates for professional leadership in clinical, supervisory, and teaching activities. The program provides students with advanced knowledge and practical skills required for broad professional competence and leadership in speech-language pathology within schools, hospitals, community rehabilitation centers, private practice, or in colleges and universities. Programs are individually planned and reflect the student’s previous academic work, professional experience, and educational goals.

  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PHD-SPTH) is designed for individuals primarily interested in research and university teaching in the area of Speech and Language Pathology. The program emphasizes research work in either basic applied speech science or in basic hearing science. Programs are individually designed and take into account the student’s previous academic work, professional experience, and training goals.

Instruction in the areas of communication sciences and disorders includes formal course work (lectures, seminars, colloquia) and practical training. The formal course work 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. Opportunities for clinical and research experiences also exist in the following areas: The Language and Cognition Lab; the Neurocognition and Language Lab; the Speech Production and Perception Lab; the Swallowing, Voice and Neuroimaging Lab, the Dysphagia Research Clinic. Additionally, students can also become involved in clinical research conducted in the Mysak Clinic.