Communication Sciences and Disorders MS Initial

Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

With Initial Certification in Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities


Our degrees offer advanced education and training in the processes of individual human communication (speech, hearing, language disorders of human communication, literacy, bilingualism, and swallowing disorders).

The master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and students who complete the degree program are eligible for New York State licensing in speech and language pathology.

In addition, students who complete an additional course and school-based practicum are eligible for initial certification in Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD). Most of our students obtain this certification as all the other content information required by the state is infused within the curriculum. 

Students will be admitted to the program after having completed the minimum of 5 pre-requisite courses of anatomy, audiology, language development, phonetics and speech science. The program is typically completed with 62 credits. The program is typically completed in 2 full years of study (fall, spring, summer of first year and fall and spring of second year).

Most of our students, except those who are bilingual, obtain this certification as all the other content information required by the state is infused within the curriculum.

A group of students converse in a study group at Teachers College.

Admissions Information

Master of Science

  • Points/Credits: 57
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Certification

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  • NY State Initial: Speech and Language Disabilities K-12; NY State License: Speech Language Pathology
  • ASHA Certification: Speech Language Pathologist

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): January 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test
  • Supplemental application required (included in online application)
  • Prerequisite courses required prior to enrollment

Prerequisite Courses

Students will be admitted to the program after having completed the minimum of 5 pre-requisite courses of anatomy, audiology, language development, phonetics and speech science.

Students must complete all of these prerequisites prior to starting our program in September. Beginning in 2019 we will offer all, or any, of the needed prerequisite courses from May through August for students who have accepted admittance to the Communications Sciences and Disorders master's program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Course 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 62, including practicum courses.

Students are admitted to the program with undergraduate majors in speech and language pathology or with all required pre-requisite courses completed. Completion of the program is typically accomplished within two calendar years (four semesters and one summer session) of full time study. 

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.

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