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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department of - Biobehavioral Science

Contact Information

212 678-3895
212 678-8233
Professor Lisa Edmonds

Program Description

The master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers advanced education and training in the processes of individual human communication (speech, hearing, language disorders of human communication and swallowing).  Coursework and clinical training of assessment and treatment for such disorders is a major component of the program.

Emphases and interests of the program are reflected in the work of the faculty.  Dr. Cate Crowley's work concentrates on culturally and linguistically appropriate disability evaluations; cleft palate speech and feeding assessment and treatment; appropriate and effective international practice.  Dr. Lisa Edmonds' research involves the development and evaluation of novel treatments to improve communication in persons with acquired communication disorders, with a focus on aphasia, including bilingual aphasia; the development of outcome measures for aphasia, particularly in discourse; the investigation of underlying factors related to language disorders, including the use of eye tracking methodology.  Dr Carol Hammer's research focuses on investigating cultural and environmental influences on young children's development; developing assessment instruments that target dual language learners' language and literacy skills; and developing and evaluating home-and classroom-based interventions.  Dr. Erika Levy's research interests include treatment efficacy for intelligibility in children with dysarthria due to cerebral palsy and in adults with Parkinson's Disease.  Dysarthria speech characteristics and treatment outcomes are examined in English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin.  In addition, her lab examines cross-language speech perception.  Dr. Michelle Troche's research is aimed at improving health outcomes and quality of life associated with disorders of airway protection (i.e. swallowing and cough); better understanding of the mechanisms underlying airway protection and its disorders; development of novel and robust evaluation and treatment techniques for dystussia (deficits of cough function) and dysphagia (deficits of swallowing function).  

Programs leading to the M.S. degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders prepare graduates for positions in a variety of professional settings: school systems, community speech and hearing centers, rehabilitation centers, hospital clinics, private practice, state departments of education, health departments, federal agencies, and colleges and universities.

Because of the program’s central concern with the processes of individual human communication, swallowing and their disorders and management, it has special interests in, and relations with, the fields of psychology, linguistics, bilingualism, anatomy and physiology,  special education, and various health related professions including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, nursing, and hospital administration.

Degree Summary

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (CSDR)

Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS-INITIAL CERTIFICATION (CSDR-INIT)

Master of Science (M.S.)

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS BILINGUAL OPTION-DUAL CERTIFICATION (CSDB-DUAL)

Master of Science (M.S.)

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS-PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (CSDR-PROF)

Master of Science (M.S.)

BILINGUAL EXTENSION INSTITUTE (SPTB) CERTIFICATION

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

Master of Science

Master of Science

This degree program incorporates academic and clinical 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 New York State Education Department (NYSED) Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Certificate (TSSLD) and the NYSED bilingual certificate to the TSSLD.    New York State Education Department  (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

The minimum number of points for completion of the Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is approximately 57, including practicum courses. Students who have no previous applicable coursework in the field typically require 71 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 one summer session) of full-time study. Students admitted with little or no prior coursework in communication sciences and disorders 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 Bilingual-Bicultural Program Focus is for students who wish to develop expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents with communication disorders. Following the Bilingual -Multicultural Program Focus will satisfy the coursework and field placement requirements for the bilingual extension to the New York State TSSLD. 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.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.,75 points)

This program is designed for individuals primarily interested in research and teaching careers in speech and language pathology.  A minimum of 75 points must be completed, though 30 points may potentially be transferred from a Master's program. There is no language requirement. All doctoral candidates must complete a dissertation. For general details concerning the doctoral programs, please consult the Office of Doctoral Studies website. For more information about our doctoral program, please go to our program web site. 


Application Information

 

Students who have a degree in communication sciences and disorders/speech-language pathology are encouraged to apply to our Masters program.  In addition, students from diverse academic and experience backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as we routinely accept many students into the program who do not have formal degrees in communication sciences and disorders.  For more information on our  Application Process, please see our FAQ page.  In addition, see information from the Admissions office about our program: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/admissions/areas-of-study/health-sciences-and-health-promotion/ and click on "View and Print Program Details" to see further information.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Doctoral candidates in our program typically have a masters' degree in communication sciences and disorders.  However, students with a master's degree in a related field will be considered for admission.  In addition to the regular admission requirements, doctoral applicants must also submit:

All Doctoral Applicants

Doctoral applicants are strongly urged to discuss their plans with one of the department’s faculty before completing the application process, since acceptance is attached to joining a particular research lab.   See our doctoral website for application details.

Financial Aid

College Financial Aid Information
 
Please see the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
 
 
Additional funding: NYCDOE Tuition Scholarship:
 
Students may also apply for tuition scholarship offered by the New York City Department of Education. The NYCDOE requires two years in NYCDOE schools for every year the scholarship is awarded.
 
 Students apply directly to the NYCDOE.
 

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Professor of Practice
Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chief Clinical Supervisor
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Clinical Supervisor - Speech Language Pathology
Lecturer
Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Director of Clinic
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Speech Language Pathology

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

BBS 6042 Grant Writing: From a Fundable Idea Through Review

This course targets grant fundamentals from the beginning of the writing process through the review process.  Focus is placed on funding mechanisms available through the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Education Sciences and National Science Foundation as well as private foundations.  The course covers writing key areas of research proposals; developing biosketches, budgets and supplemental materials; and the review and resubmission process.

BBSQ 4030 Speech science

Pre-requisites: No prerequisites, but knowledge of speech articulation and the International Phonetic Alphabet is helpful. This course examines the production, transmission, and perception of speech and discusses applications to communication disorders and to second-language speech communication.

BBSQ 4031 Anatomy and physiology for speech, language, and hearing

This course teaches the basic structures and functions of the articulatory, vocal, respiratory, and nervous systems and applies this information to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology.

BBSQ 4042 Audiology

This course covers acoustics, anatomy, and physiology of the auditory system, pure tone and speech audiometry, types and communication effects of hearing loss, amplification, and immitance.
 

BBSQ 4046 Introduction to augmentative and alternative communication

This introductory course will provide a comprehensive overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). A thorough examination of the assessment and therapeutic processes will be presented. Emphasis will be placed upon individuals exhibiting severe communication disorders secondary to congenital/acquired cognitive and motor impairments. Low- and high-tech AAC systems will be discussed and demonstrated. 

BBSQ 4047 Early motor behaviors in children: Normal and abnormal
Study of normal and abnormal development of sensory-motor speech processes and related oral motor behaviors; etiology, diagnosis, and management of pre-speech and eating pathologies in infants and severely handicapped individuals from an early intervention perspective.
BBSQ 5003 Literacy Development and Disorders: Assessment and Intervention

The course prepares students who are studying to become speech-language pathologists to support the literacy abilities of children who are at risk for or have reading disorders.  The course covers key areas in the development, assessment, and intervention of children’s reading abilities.  Topics covered include emergent literacy, book reading, vocabulary, phonological sensitivity, reading comprehension, fluency, and decoding in monolingual and bilingual children.  

BBSQ 5041 School speech-language-hearing programs

Analyzes the impact of federal and state laws on service delivery in school setting. Develops skills to meet the needs of students with communication-disorders with the full range of disabilities, including working with other professionals to assist children in accessing the general curriculum.

BBSQ 5044 Speech and language perception and processing

CSD Majors take course for 2 points only. Examination of the models proposed to explain speech perception and discussion of the research that assigns a special role to speech and language. 

BBSQ 5111 Assessment and evaluation

Prerequisites: A course in normal language development and a course in Language Disorders in Children.  Examines how to provide evidence-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate disability evaluations with a focus on birth through 21 disability evaluations under the federal law.  Students acquire knowledge and skills in standardized tests, alternative assessment approaches, and dynamic assessment, covering the full range of disabilities.

BBSQ 5112 Articulation disorders

Prerequisite: Phonetics course.  

Study of phonological rule disorders and disorders associated with functional and various structural problems in children. Critical analysis of research in assessment and treatment.

BBSQ 5113 Voice disorders

Prerequisite: BBSQ 4031 or equivalent. Study of voice disorders associated with functional, structural, endocrinological, and neurological problems. Analysis of recent research and evidence-based approaches to voice therapy.

BBSQ 5114 Stuttering and other fluency disorders

This course examines the nature of stuttering and other fluency disorders across the lifespan.  Emphasis is placed on assessment, intervention, and prevention. 

BBSQ 5115 Language disorders in children

Prerequisite: A course in normal language development.  Language disorders in children, including native English speakers and children from culturally and linguistically diverse homes, covering the full range of disabilities. Course covers birth through late adolescence and includes impact of language disorders on language acquisition, literacy development, and uses of technology. 

BBSQ 5116 Language disorders in adults

Prerequisite: BBS 4032 Neuroscience or equivalent. Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the etiology, assessment, classification, and treatment of aphasia and other communication disorders in adulthood.

BBSQ 5118 Cleft palate and speech habilitation

Explores the role of the speech-language pathologist on the cleft palate team and in international practice.  Develops knowledge and skills needed by the SLP to address communication and feeding issues associated with cleft palate and other craniofacial disorders.

BBSQ 5119 Alaryngeal speech

Survey of medical and surgical treatments for laryngeal carcinoma. Analysis of physiologic, acoustic, and psychosocial aspects of alaryngeal speech. Study of therapeutic methods.

BBSQ 5120 Communication disorders in bilingual/bicultural children

Studies effect of bilingualism, bilingual education, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and multicultural perspectives in education on children and adolescents. Considers appropriate assessment and treatment to ensure optimal academic success for dual language learners and multidialectal students by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, covering the full range of disabilities.  

BBSQ 5125 Clinical approaches to aural habilitation of children

Prerequisite: BBSQ 4042 Audiology or equivalent. This class examines clinical procedures available to audiologists, speech pathologists, and deaf educators for implementing speech-reading, auditory training, and speech-language therapy for the hard-of-hearing child. Use of amplification and counseling approaches.

BBSQ 5129 Audiological concepts and principles

Prerequisite: BBSQ 4042 Audiology or equivalent. This course covers auditory pathologies, electrophysiological (ABR), and electracoustical (OAE) tests. Tests of central auditory function, controversial issues in audition.
 

BBSQ 5130 Assessment and intervention in dysphagia

Prerequisite: BBSQ 4031 or equivalent, previous course addressing neurological bases of communication/upper airway dysfunction. This class examines clinical practice in swallowing and feeding disorders in children and adults. Normal and abnormal development and mature function assessment and treatment.

BBSQ 5210 Practicum in school speech-language pathology

Assessment and Intervention planning and implementation for school age clients across the full range of disabilities.  Practice in speech and language pathology at related field facilities.  Majors enroll until practicum requirements for the M.S. degree are completed.

BBSQ 5212 Practicum in school speech-language pathology (Summer)

Participation and student teaching in a school remedial speech and hearing program: survey, organization, remedial procedures. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ 5312 Diagnostic methods and practice in speech-language pathology

Prerequisite: BBSQ 5111 Assessment and evaluation.  Assessment planning and implementation for clients across the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan.  Methods of assessing native English speakers and culturally and linguistically diverse clients. 

BBSQ 5331 Therapy Practicum

This course is designed to present specialized knowledge relevant to the understanding of speech communication.  Through text, lecture, and a variety of multi-media sources, students will be introduced to the theoretic basis of how speech sounds are produced and perceived in human languages.  In addition, this course will assist students in developing the clinical ability to discriminate the sounds used in Standard American English and how these sounds are represented symbolically according to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

BBSQ 5332 Therapy Practicum: Regular clinic

Assessment and intervention planning and implementation for clients across the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan. Observation and practice in speech and language pathology at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders and at related field facilities.  Majors enroll until practicum requirements for the M.S. degree are completed. 

BBSQ 5333 Therapy Practicum: Laboratory methods and instrumentation in clinical practice
Instruction and practice in acoustic and physiologic measures related to voice, articulation, and fluency disorders. Majors must enroll for one term. Special fee: $150.
BBSQ 5335 Therapy Practicum: Infant evaluation clinic

Observation and participation in the evaluation of pre-speech and feeding behaviors in at-risk infants and in the development of individualized management programs. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ 5336 Therapy Practicum: Stuttering clinic

Prerequisite: BBSQ 5114 Stuttering or equivalent. Observation and discussion of assessment, remediation, and prevention of fluency disorders. Special fee $150.

BBSQ 5343 Hearing measurement

Practice in hearing screening, audiological evaluation, and aural rehabilitation issues across the lifespan. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ 5815 Pediatric dysphagia, birth to 21

The course will cover dysphagia across pediatric ages, birth to 21, and as it is evaluated and treated in four pediatric settings--the neonatal intensive care unit, early intervention, pre-schools, and schools. This course cannot be used as a replacement for the program requirement, BBSQ 5130, Dysphagia Assessment and Management. It is a good elective for students interested in pediatrics, those who will be working in school settings, and those interested particularly in dysphagia.

BBSQ 5820 Bilingual SLP Extension Institute

The Bilingual SLP Extension Institute is for non-matriculated students who are speech-language-pathologists or holders of the NYSED Teachers of Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) or the Teachers of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH).  It is comprised of two 3-credit courses that meet the academic and clinical requirements of the NYSED bilingual extension certificate.  All students receive an "Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology."  Students acquire the knowledge and skills to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services for all students with a focus on dual language learners.  The institute is available both online and in-person.

BBSQ 5940 Evaluating research in speech-language pathology and audiology

Evaluation of research methods and the interpretation of research leading to evidence-based practice approaches. 

BBSQ 5941 Research needs and methods in speech-language pathology and audiology

 Rotation in lab conducting complementary research, to result in a product (manuscript, measure,

presentation). Taught by core doctoral faculty.

BBSQ 6351 Advanced practice: Clinical

Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ 6352 Advanced practice: Supervision

Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ 6353 Advanced practice: Teaching

This course covers the teaching requirement for doctoral students. For this requirement, doctoral students take full or partial responsibility for teaching a course at Teachers College or elsewhere. They design or redesign the class syllabus and assignments and develop and teach at least half of the class sessions under the guidance of a faculty member.

BBSQ 6354 Advanced practice: Laboratory

Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ 6355 Advanced practice: Administration

Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ 6514 Language: Brain, biology and language acquisition

For doctoral candidates and advanced master's degree students in speech-language pathology. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in at least three sections of seminars in the BBSQ 6513-6517 series. Seminars involve intensive study and analysis of current research and issues in the particular topics.

BBSQ 6516 Seminar on Fluency and its disorders

For doctoral candidates and advanced master's degree students in speech-language pathology. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in at least three sections of seminars in the BBSQ 6513-6517 series. Seminars involve intensive study and analysis of current research and issues in the particular topics.

BBSQ 6517 Neuropathology of speech

Prerequisite: BBSQ 4031 or equivalent, BBSQ 4030 or equivalent, and previous course addressing neurological bases of speech. The purpose of this course is to provide a detailed study of acquired and progressive disorders of the motor speech system. We will explore motor speech disorders from neurological, theoretical and clinical perspectives. For doctoral students, the course will also address the development of their dissertation study (literature review, research questions, design). Doctoral students must ask for permission from instructor to be in the course.

BBSQ 6940 Supervised research in speech-language pathology and audiology

Prerequisite: BBSQ 5941 Research methods. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in their advisor's section for both semesters. Opportunity to design and conduct pilot studies and projects.

BBSQ 6941 Supervised research in speech-language pathology and audiology

Prerequisite: BBSQ 5941 Research methods. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in their advisor's section for both semesters. Opportunity to design and conduct pilot studies and projects.

BBSQ 7500 Dissertation seminar in speech-language pathology and audiology

Prerequisite BBSQ 6941 Supervised research. Development of doctoral dissertations and projects and presentation of plans for approval. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll for one year and must begin the sequence in the fall term immediately following completion of BBSQ 6941.

BBSQ 8900 Dissertation-advisement in speech-language pathology and audiology

Prerequisite: BBSQ 7500 Dissertation seminar.  Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.