Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with, in accordance with the academic standards established by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) and core values embodied by the college, a broad-based, comprehensive education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. The program strives to provide a rigorously challenging curriculum with breadth and depth based on a sound theoretical framework and high-quality research, and promote an active learning environment to foster intellectual engagement, critical thinking, self-reflection, and personal and professional growth. Through the department’s campus-based Speech and Hearing Clinic the program is further dedicated to the prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of a wide array of communicative disorders affecting culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and their families, across the lifespan. Faculty in the department are committed to the provision of high-quality academic and clinical teaching, scholarship, and service to the college and community. Academic and clinical experiences prepare students to be competent and compassionate professionals, and create a foundation for continued intellectual inquiry and life-long learning.

Courses and practicum are designed to achieve the specific behavioral outcomes listed below. Upon completion of the program students are expected to...

1) Recall information and demonstrate comprehension of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.

2) Recall information and demonstrate comprehension of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences and swallowing disorders, including their etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.

3) Recall information and demonstrate comprehension of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of their anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates of the disorders.

4) Complete diagnostic evaluations of speech, language, and hearing disorders in an ethical, legal, and safe manner for diverse populations of persons with communication and swallowing disorders in all age groups across the life span, including screening and prevention; collecting and integrating case history information, using appropriate evaluation procedures and adapting these as necessary; interpreting, integrating, & synthesizing evaluative data; reporting; and referring when necessary.

5) Plan and execute treatment programs in an ethical, legal, and safe manner for diverse populations of persons with communication and swallowing disorders in all age groups across the life span, including developing and implementing setting-appropriate intervention plans; selecting, developing, and using appropriate materials and instruments; measuring and evaluating; modifying plans, strategies, materials, and instruments when needed; reporting; and identifying and referring when appropriate.

6) Integrate current developments in methodology and technology into clinical practice.

7) Integrate clinical practice into academic, social and vocational contexts of persons served professionally.

8) Relate current trends in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to the historical development of the field.

9) Read critical reports of current research and following the principles of Evidence Based Practice, relate findings to the improvement of clinical performance.

10) Satisfy the academic and practicum requirements for obtaining the ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence, the New York State Professional License in Speech-Language Pathology, and New York State Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities at the completion of the M.A. degree requirements.