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Master of Science

Master of Science

This degree program incorporates academic and practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certification of Clinical Competence (ASHA CCC-SLP) 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.  Students may also elect to apply for the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Certificate (TSSLD) and the extension in bilingual speech-language pathology.

The minimum number of points for completion of the Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is approximately 50, including practicum courses. Students who have no previous applicable coursework in the field typically require 74 points to complete the requirements for graduation.

Students admitted to the program with undergraduate majors in speech and language pathology or with substantial prior coursework can expect to complete the program within two calendar years (four semesters and two summer sessions) of full-time study. Students admitted with little or no prior coursework can expect to complete the program in two and one-half calendar years of full-time study.

Additional information about required course work and clinical experiences can be found in our Program Student Handbook.

Bilingual-Multicultural Program Focus

The master's program has a bilingual-multicultural focus throughout. All students develop expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents with communication disorders. Those students who wish to meet the requirements of the New York State bilingual extension certificate to the TSSLD, or those wishing to explore bilingual issues more deeply, can take one additional course and meet certain field placement requirements. Under New York State Education Department regulations, the bilingual extension certificate is required to provide speech and language intervention for bilingual children and adolescents ages 3 through 21. This includes working in a school system in New York State as well as providing bilingual therapy in a private practice where funding comes from the New York City Department of Education.

Student Handbook

  • Student Handbook

    Student Handbook
    Download the 2014-2015 Student Handbook for the MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders here.

    Program Plan
    Download the 2014-2015 Program Plan here.