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Special Application Requirements/Information

Ideally, candidates should have a broad liberal arts background with concentration in the biological and behavioral sciences.

Students from diverse academic and experience backgrounds are routinely accepted into the program and encouraged to apply.

Applications for master’s in Speech-Language Pathology are considered for admission regardless of specific certification of interest.

Foundation courses that provide information relating to normal speech, language and hearing processes; introductory level courses in speech, language, and hearing disorders; and, appropriate related areas required for the master’s program can be taken as a matriculated graduate student at Teachers College or at another accredited institution.

Students with undergraduate preparation in communication sciences and disorders typically have completed the foundation courses. Students who choose to take the foundation work at Teachers College should plan on ex-tending their master’s program as appropriate, usually one semester and a summer session.

Doctoral candidates should have completed a professional master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders prior to matriculation. Under exceptional circumstances, students with a master’s degree in a closely related field will be considered for admission. In addition to the regular admission requirements, doctoral applicants must also submit:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
At least one letter of recommendation specifically related to the applicant’s professional
ability and potential. Whenever possible, this should be from a licensed or certified speech and language pathologist or audiologist familiar with the applicant’s area of specific interest. A paper, no more than five or six pages in length, describing a major clinical problem in need of investigation or clarification in the applicant’s area of interest may also be submitted.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
If possible, at least one letter of recommendation related to the applicant’s research potential by a professional familiar with the applicant’s interests and aptitudes. A paper, not more than 5 or 6 pages in length, describing a major research need in the applicant’s area of interest. Completion of at least 90 points in liberal arts courses.

All Doctoral Applicants
Doctoral applicants are strongly urged to discuss their plans with one of the department’s faculty before completing the application process. After all credentials have been received
in the Admission Office, an interview will be arranged by the Department’s Doctoral Admission and Monitoring Committee.