Communication Sciences and Disorders MS Professional

Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders

With Professional 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 already have initial certification may take an additional course and practicum to get professional 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 55 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).

To receive the professional certificate, applicants would have practiced in a New York State school as a speech-language provider for at least 3 years. As a result, rarely does a student select this option.

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Admissions Information

Master of Science

  • Points/Credits: 55
  • Entry Terms: N/A

Certification

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  • NY State Professional: 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): N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Final): N/A

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

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.

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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This degree program incorporates academic and clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certification of Clinical Competence (ASHA CCC-SLP) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED)  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 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.

Students are admitted to the program with undergraduate majors in speech and language pathology or with all required prerequisite courses completed.

Completion of the program is typically accomplished within two calendar years (four semesters and one summer session) of full time study.

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