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
Courses and practicum are designed to achieve the specific
behavioral outcomes listed below. Upon completion of the program students are
1) Recall information and demonstrate comprehension of basic
human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological,
neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and
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.
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