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Masters of Science Degree

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The Masters program in Speech-Language Pathology at Syracuse University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology(CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students completing the programs will have met the course and practicum requirements set by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence and for New York State licensure. Completion of the master's program, and previous appropriate undergraduate coursework, also prepares our graduates for certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) in New York State. (see below for more information about teaching certification).

The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Syracuse University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700

Any student holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution, will be eligible to apply to the master's degree program in speech-language pathology. Potential students need not have an undergraduate degree in the field of communication sciences.

The typical masters degree program in Speech- Language Pathology for students with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences requires a minimum of four full-time academic semesters plus one summer. (5 total)

Students with an undergraduate degree in fields other than communication sciences will have additional coursework requirements that extend the program by two semesters.(7 total)

See background course requirements for more info below

Background course requirements for incoming SLP graduate students:

Students may be accepted into the SLP graduate program with or without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). There are no formal prerequisite course requirements for admission into the program. However, those students who lack specific background undergraduate coursework will have additional requirements to complete, either before or during the graduate program. These background courses include knowledge and skills areas required by ASHA in basic human communication processes as well as basic sciences and mathematics.


ASHA Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills for SLP:

ASHA standards for certification in Speech-Language Pathology specify basic prerequisite knowledge and skills requirements as described in Standard IV-A: “The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics and social/behavioral sciences.” Evidence of at least one course in each of these four areas is required. These courses are typically completed as part of an undergraduate curriculum. Examples of appropriate courses in each of these four areas are listed below.

Course Area Accepted/Strongly recommended courses* Example courses genrally not accepted*
Biological Science Courses in human biology including human anatomy & physiology, micro/macro-biology, cellular biology, or other similar human biology topics strongly preferred. Nutrition, botany, cultural anthropology
Physical Science Physics, chemistry, organic/biochemistry Speech science or hearing science from a CSD department unacceptable; earth science, meteorology, astronomy, forensic science, materials sciences
Statistics

Statistics REQUIRED.
Stats from psychology/social sciences or mathematics departments accepted.

Regular math courses
Social/Behavioral Science Psychology, sociology, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience accepted. Other social science courses addressing human / societal behavior may be acceptable. Health, wellness


*Exceptions may be considered and other courses may be accepted following individual review of course materials by the faculty.


See the section at the end for determination of fulfillment of these ASHA basic prerequisite courses.


Students entering the master’s program in SLP:

Students entering the master’s in SLP program with a background in CSD are expected to have courses covering the following areas of basic human communication processes:

  • Speech Science
  • Phonetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanism
  • Development of Speech and Language
  • Clinical Methods
  • Observation of Clinical Practice
  • Speech and Language Disorders in Children
  • Basic Clinical Audiology


These courses are included in the graduate program for students without an undergraduate degree in CSD, which increases the length and number of credits in the graduate program compared to students enrolling with a full background. Please see the sample programs for students with and without a background. Those who have some, but not all, of these background courses will be advised regarding the sequence of courses needed and the resulting length of the individual’s program. See the section below on determination of fulfillment of these background course requirements.


Determination of fulfillment of background course requirements and course equivalency:

Any courses previously taken for undergraduate (or in some cases graduate) credit will be evaluated by the faculty advisor to determine course equivalencies and fulfillment of ASHA knowledge and skills requirements. No credit is transferred for fulfillment of the background requirements described above, as they are not part of the graduate program. Rather, competencies will be marked as fulfilled or unfulfilled following this review.


Applicants should understand the following regarding the review of courses counting towards these ASHA prerequisite and background course requirements:

  • Courses must be taken at an accredited college or university and official transcript documentation of each course is required.
  • All courses must be a minimum of 3 credits and a passing grade must have been obtained. Courses for which grades of D+, D, D-, F or Fail appear on the transcript will not be accepted.
  • Course descriptions, syllabi, and other materials may be required to demonstrate that a given course fulfills the requirement, which is determined by the faculty of the graduate programs.
  • Courses within Communication Sciences and Disorders programs may not be counted to fulfill the ASHA biological and physical science requirements,
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit may be accepted for ASHA prerequisites; however AP credit must be recorded on the student’s official undergraduate transcript(s).

Master's in Speech-Language Pathology Sample Sequence with Background

The following is a sample of one typical sequence of courses/clinical practica, selected to meet the national certification standards for the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) for students with a Communication Sciences & Disorders Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses in Audiology are chosen to satisfy American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements. Sequences and electives may vary depending on the individual needs of the student.

FALL SEMESTER I--(Total Fall Credits = 14)

  • CSD 625 Stuttering (3 cr)
  • CSD 638 Intro Clinical Phonology (3 cr)
  • CSD 657 Voice Disorders(3 cr)
  • CSD 659 Intro to Research (1 cr)
  • CSD 726 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SPRING SEMESTER I--(Total Spring Credits = 14)

  • CSD 618 Dysphagia (3 cr)
  • CSD 727 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II (3 cr)
  • CSD 677 SLP in Schools (3 cr) if not taken as undergraduate
  • CSD 731 School Age Language Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 732 Clinical Techniques for School Age Language Disorders (1 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SUMMER SESSIONS I & II (May - August)--(Total Summer Credits = 14)

  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (2 cr for entire summer)
  • CSD 623 Language Disorders of Early Childhood (3 cr)
  • CSD 624 Clinical Techniques for Language Disorders of Early Childhood (1 cr)
  • CSD 600 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (1 cr)
  • CSD 612 Cleft Palate, Craniofacial disorders, and Genetics (3 cr elective)
  • CSD 600 Selected Topic (1 or 2 electives)
  • CSD 600 Counseling of Individuals with Comm Disorders (3 cr elective)

FALL SEMESTER II --(Total Fall Credits = 6 - 9)

  • CSD 600 Aural Rehabilitation (3 cr-if not taken as undergraduate, or if competency not passed)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3 cr)
  • CSD 600 Selected Topic (1 or 2 electives)

SPRING SEMESTER II--(Total Spring Credits = 3 - 6)

  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3 cr)
  • Master’s Thesis (3 cr) OR Comprehensive Exams

Total credits: 51-57

Master's in Speech-Language Pathology Sample Sequence without Background

The following is a sample of one typical sequence of courses/clinical practica, selected to meet national certification standards for the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) for students without a Communication Sciences & Disorders Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses in Audiology are chosen to satisfy American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements. Sequences and electives may vary depending on the individual needs of the student.

FALL SEMESTER I--(Total Fall Credits = 14)

  • CSD 622 Development of Speech & Language (3 cr)
  • CSD 629 Basic Clinical Audiology (3 cr)
  • CSD 616 Introduction to Applied Phonetics (3 cr)
  • CSD 651 Clinical Methods Speech/Language Pathology (3 cr)
  • CSD 659 Introduction to Research (1 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum: Speech-Language Pathology (1 cr)

SPRING SEMESTER I--(Total Spring Credits = 13)

  • CSD 615 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing (3 cr)
  • CSD 645 Speech Science (3 cr)
  • CSD 627 Speech and Language Disorders in Children (3 cr)
  • CSD 677 SLP in Schools (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SUMMER I (Two sessions, May – August)--(Total Summer Credits = 13 - 14)

  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (2 credits for entire summer)
  • CSD 623 Language Disorders of Early Childhood (3 cr)
  • CSD 624 Clinical Techniques for Language Disorders of Early Childhood (1 cr)
  • CSD 600 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1 cr)
  • CSD 612 Cleft Palate, Craniofacial disorders, and Genetics (3 credit elective)
  • CSD 600 Counseling of Individuals with Communication Disorders (3 credit elective)
  • CSD 600 Selected Topic (1 credit elective if taking away externships in Summer II)

FALL SEMESTER II--(Total Fall Credits = 13)

  • CSD 726 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I (3 cr)
  • CSD 638 Clinical Phonology (3 cr)
  • CSD 625 Stuttering (3 cr)
  • CSD 657 Voice Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SPRING SEMESTER II--(Total Spring Credits = 11)

  • CSD 618 Dysphagia (3 cr)
  • CSD 731 School Age Language Disorders (3 cr)
  • CSD 732 Clinical Techniques for School Age Language Disorders (1 cr)
  • CSD 727 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II (3 cr)
  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 cr)

SUMMER II (Two sessions, May – August)--(Total Summer Credits = 3 - 5)

  • CSD 650 Advanced Clinical Practicum Extern (3 credits for entire summer)
  • CSD elective credits not taken in summer 1

FALL SEMESTER III--(Total Fall Credits = 6 - 8)

  • CSD 600 Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • CSD 650 Advanced clinical Practicum Extern(3 credits)
  • CSD elective credits not taken in summer 1

Total credits: 73-78

The Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is located at 621 Skytop on South Campus of SU. The clinics, in operation since 1972, serve the Syracuse community and surrounding areas. Master's students engage in a wide range of diagnostic and therapy experiences under the direct supervision of faculty and certified clinical staff in the Gebbie Clinic. These experiences include individual case management (assessment and treatment), group therapy and diagnostic team evaluations. Students gain proficiency in the treatment of speech and language disabilities, incorporating areas such as phonology, language, fluency, swallowing, autism, Asperger's syndrome, genetic disorders, adult neurogenic disorders, and voice. Many of these clinical practica may include use of advanced technology (Sonospeech, Kay Elemetric Swallowing Station, Computerized Speech Lab, laryngeal videostroboscopy, PRAAT, and a variety of software programs).

Students will experience a wide variety of externship settings in their last two semesters of the program, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, early intervention centers and private practices in the central New York area. Placements include public schools, infant/toddler and preschool programs, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private clinics and special education programs generally in the Syracuse area. Students who excel in academic and clinical work may be allowed to do their final externship outside of the central New York area. Previously, students have been placed in schools and hospitals in diverse locations such as Florida, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Canada.

Comprehensive examinations are taken during the last semester of master's degree coursework (fall or spring). As an alternative to the comprehensive examination, the student with interest in research may elect a thesis option.

The following courses are required to become certified as a teacher of students with speech & hearing disabilities, in addition to all Communication Sciences and Disorders coursework for the Master's degree. This coursework can be taken during the bachelor's degree study.

  • Artistic Expression: at least one course that provides appreciation of or expression in the fields of visual, musical, theatrical or dance arts. May include 1 credit of such a course.
  • Social Sciences/History: 6 credits that include historical concepts & social sciences principles.
  • Humanities: at least 3 credits in Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Fine arts, Linguistics, African-American studies, etc.
  • Language other than English: Completion of level 3 of foreign language in HS (give HS transcript to advisor ); or Competency score that would allow entrance into SU's second intensive level course 0r Completion of intensive 101 level course.
  • Scientific & Mathematical Processes: at least 3 credits of biological or physical science & at least 3 credits of mathematics.
  • Written Analysis & Expression: at least 3 credits of writing/composition Facilities and Special Programs.
In the final semester of their program, each student must pass a comprehensive examination designed to assess SLP students' academic and clinical preparation, unless they have chosen to complete a Master's Thesis project.