Master of Science | Communication Sciences and Disorders | Biobehavioral Sciences

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Communication Sciences & Disorders

In the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Master Of Science

Master of Science

This degree program incorporates academic and 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 Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Certificate (TSSLD) and the extension in bilingual speech-language pathology.

The number of points to complete the program varies somewhat depending on whether students have completed some or all of their prerequisites prior to entering the program. The maximum number of points is 75. See the current program plan in the link below for more details.  

The Program Plan is a guide to classes, individualized for each student, based on prior coursework and professional interests. This document assures that students meet the Program’s Learning Goals as well as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) 2014 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.  The program plan for the incoming 2017 cohort can be found here: Program Plan 2017.

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 two summer sessions) of full-time study. Students admitted with little or no prior coursework 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 master's program has a bilingual-multicultural focus throughout. All students develop expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents with communication disorders. Those students who wish to meet the requirements of the New York State bilingual extension certificate to the TSSLD, or those wishing to explore bilingual issues more deeply, can take one additional course and meet certain field placement requirements. 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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