A speech pathologist is a professional who works to improve the communication skills of children and adults who have speech and/or language problems. The speech pathologist may work with small groups or individuals in therapy sessions.

There are approximately 20 million people in the United States with various speech, language or hearing problems who need the services of speech pathologists. Communicatively handicapped persons receive speech pathology services in schools, hospitals, clinics, industry, a variety of public and private institutions, and even at home. Speech pathologists provide diagnostic and remedial services that assist these persons to lead more satisfying and productive lives.

Academic Training Programs
General admission to the College enables you to take introductory courses in the Department at the freshman and sophomore levels. The Department also encourages you to take advantage of courses in other departments; elective courses are available in such areas as biology, chemistry, physics, human development, statistics, etc.

Undergraduates select one of two academic tracks. The pre-professional track includes a curriculum designed to prepare undergraduates for graduate study in communicative disorders and sciences. The certification track provides additional training leading to Initial Certification as a Teacher of Children with Speech and Language Disabilities in New York State.

The graduate program in speech pathology is designed to prepare you to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech/language pathology. In addition, graduate training prepares you for the New York State License as a speech pathologist and for Professional Certification as a Teacher of Children with Speech and Language  Disabilities in New York State. Information regarding specific course requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin or on the Communicative Disorders and Sciences website.

The Department
Developed from one of the first departments of speech in the country, the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at Geneseo has a national reputation for excellence. The Department's undergraduate and graduate programs are registered with the State Education Department to provide preparation necessary for Initial and Professional Certification as a Teacher of Children with Speech and Language Disabilities (PreK-12).

The program also prepares you for a professional license as a speech pathologist. In addition, the graduate program in speech pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), an endorsement which confirms the quality of graduate training at Geneseo. Graduates of Geneseo have pursued successful careers in clinical, teaching, research and administrative activities in the field of speech pathology.