M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology


General Program Goals/Objectives: The academic courses and clinical practicum experiences were created to achieve the specific program outcomes listed below. Upon completion of the program students are expected to...

  1. Recall knowledge and demonstrate comprehension of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural aspects.
  2. Recall knowledge and demonstrate comprehension of the nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders/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 for culturally, economically and linguistically 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, and synthesizing evaluative data, reporting, and referring when necessary.
  5. Plan and execute treatment programs 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. Read and become familiar with current research and critical reports and relate findings to the improvement of clinical practice.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of ASHA's code of ethics, professional standards, scope of practice, and preferred practice patterns.
  9. 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.S. Degree requirements.

Evaluation Mechanisms: In order to evaluate the program goals of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, the following are monitored:

  1. Faculty review of student academic performance in undergraduate and graduate classes (grades on specified assignments and remediation of those skills specific to the course content).
  2. Practicum supervisor review of student performance in supervised practice (Daily Clinical Therapy skills Evaluation Summary Sheet, Clinical Skills Evaluations: Assessment and Treatment, Self-evaluation of skills though review of taped assessment and /or treatment session, Self-Rating Scales of Clinical Performance, supervisor completed Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA) tracking sheet, and Student Clinician Disposition Rating form.
  3. Faculty review of student performance on comprehensive examinations (ETS Praxis Specialty Examination in Speech-Language Pathology; Departmental Comprehensive Examination).
  4. Graduate Student Exit Survey.
  5. Student Outcome Assessment Survey completed by off-campus practicum supervisors.
  6. Annual Alumni and Employer Survey Results.

Communication Disorders and Sciences Office

W123 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3202