Program GoalsProgram Mission
The Program in Speech and Language Pathology at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, is committed to providing high quality education of professionals in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders at the graduate level. The Department is dedicated to fostering among its students appreciation and respect for the diversity of human cultures and languages along with the relevance of this diversity to the practice of Speech-Language Pathology.
1. The goal of the program is to provide educational experiences in a variety of settings that permit students to acquire knowledge of the clinical services needed to recognize, evaluate and treat disorders of communication, speech, hearing and swallowing in individuals across the lifespan.
By their participation in the educational experiences offered by the program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge consistent with the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) Standards as set out by the American Speech, Language & Hearing Association, who is the accrediting body for the program and provides professional accreditation for Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States. Specifically, students will be able to:
· demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and lifespan, and linguistic and cultural bases. Students will also develop and demonstrate awareness of the cognitive, social and communicative effects of these disorders
· demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences and swallowing disorders, including their etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates. This includes knowledge of the etiologies and characteristics of disorders affecting articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language, hearing, and swallowing.
· demonstrate knowledge of disorders in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and manual modalities, and specific knowledge of multiple communication modalities, including manual, augmentative, assistive and alternative communication techniques.
· demonstrate knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with disorders of communication, including disorders affecting articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language, hearing, and swallowing.
2. The program aims to promote sensitivity to culturally and linguistically diverse populations, persons with disabilities, and individual differences, and to provide students with opportunities to develop qualities of cultural sensitivity, cultural humility and cultural competence. The program offers many opportunities for students to practice in culturally and linguistically diverse arenas in New York City and beyond. Students are provided with specific learning opportunities that enhance the development of cultural sensitivity, humility and competence. Academic and clinical faculty in the program have experience in clinical and other practice with culturally and linguistically diverse populations and this experience is used to provide appropriate learning opportunities and support for students to develop cultural awareness and to reflect on their application of knowledge and skills in culturally responsive ways.
3. The program aims to promote empirical research and evidence-based practice; critical thinking and scientific and clinical problem solving; and continued and self-directed learning. Students will acquire knowledge of processes used in research and integration of research into evidence-based clinical practice.
4. The program aims to foster professional ethics and practices in the discipline of speech-language pathology. Students will develop understanding of the ASHA Code of Ethics and its implementation for professional service and conduct, as well as knowledge of professional issues as set forth by ASHA, the New York State Department of Education, and education laws regarding service provision.