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The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program was recognized as the top program of its kind in a 2014 nationwide survey by graduateprograms.com.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to advancing the study of human communication sciences and disorders within a culturally and linguistically diverse society. Intellectual growth is promoted through the recognition and expression of multiple theoretical, cultural and individual perspectives. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders fosters respect for diversity and a commitment to serve individuals with communication problems.
Diversity: We value and develop strong foundations of ethics, integrity and respect for diversity.
Innovation: We value and cultivate creativity, independent thinking, and flexible problem solving, in clinical and research endeavors.
Advocacy: We value and cultivate advocates, who will support clients and their families with compassion.
Community Action: We value community involvement and outreach.
Goal 1. Re-organize and standardize CSD Department procedures to better serve the needs of our students.
Goal 2. Broaden student experiences to facilitate entry into a dynamic, team-oriented, multi-cultural profession
Goal 3. Continuous improvement academic and clinical curriculum
Goal 4. Increase support for faculty research endeavors to meet increased demand for grant funding
Goal 5. Ensure department sustainability
The institutional policy for admission of students to graduate study is a bachelor's degree from an accredited university indicating an acceptable record, with additional requirements set by individual graduate programs. The faculty of the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology has set the following specific admissions standards for entry into the program:
All applications must be submitted through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)
CSDCAS Applicant Portal Link: https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
The LIU Brooklyn Spring Deadline is November 1. Applicants must have a complete application by the deadline date posted. A complete application requires that the application is e-submitted and all transcripts, and payments, have been received by CSDCAS. Documents should be sent to CSDCAS several weeks prior to the deadline date to ensure all items arrive on time.
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Address (All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below):
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Note: CSDCAS posts Frequently Asked Questions on the applicant portal, which can be accessed even before an application is created. Please read the FAQs before submitting your application.
The Master of Science degree in Speech- Language Pathology at LIU Brooklyn can be completed in 2.5-3 years of intensive study. The time limit for the degree is 5 years. Candidates for the degree must have completed a minimum of 64 credits and a summative requirement.
The master’s degree program offers two options:
Both options are subject to the rules of the departmental Graduate Program Committee.
The programs in Speech-Language Pathology consist of required and elective course work from the following categories: Professional Foundations, Speech Disorders, Language Disorders and Practica. Most course work is infused with multilingual/multicultural content.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 400 competent clock hours of clinical practicum, including 25 hours of observation. Up to 50 clock hours of undergraduate practicum and 25 hours of observation may be credited toward clinical practicum requirements. Clinical practicums are completed in several locations: on campus, in the university clinic; at the university satellite centers; at off-campus hospital settings and in school settings. Clinical practicum requirements, facilities, and regulations are described in detail in the Clinic Procedures Manual. Students are advised that the specific hourly requirements listed here and by ASHA constitute minimum standards requirements, and may be adjusted upwards according to individual student needs and skill levels.
The university grading policy involves a plus and minus grading system (e.g., A, A -, B+, B, B -, C+, C, C-).
Students receive a midterm evaluation in all foundation courses. Students whose midterm evaluations are less than a B- may be directed to advisement, counseling, and support services (tutoring, Writing Center, Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic). Students may retake a maximum of two Foundation courses to remediate grades of C+ or below. Foundation courses may be retaken only one time.
Students who have failed to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing at the completion of the foundation sequence will not be permitted to continue with the program. Students must complete all undergraduate pre-requisites by the end of their first year of graduate coursework.
Higher Level Courses
Students may receive up to one grade of below B- in their non-foundation courses. Students may opt to retake only one higher-level course a single time to remediate a grade of below B-.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the program throughout their academic career. Students are only allowed one grade of C+, C, or C- in their graduate coursework. Students who earn two or more grades of C+, C, or C- will not be allowed to continue in the graduate program and will be referred to the Academic Standing Committee.
Students are placed on Academic Probation when they fail to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Post-baccalaureate students must complete a minimum of four undergraduate pre-requisite courses (SLP 104, SLP 113, SLP 133, and SLP 231) prior to applying to the graduate program. Students admitted to the program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their pre-requisite coursework to matriculate fully and continue into the graduate program.
Summary of Master's Degree Graduation Requirements
Student may opt to complete ONE of the following (as partial fulfillment of the M.S in Speech-Language Pathology):
The student and the student's advisor will decide whether the student may elect the master's program of study with a research option. It is recommended that this decision be reached as early as possible in the Master's program to allow for adequate planning and implementation. The deadline for application for the research option program will be at the end of the second semester when the student successfully completes the foundation sequence.
Comprehensive Examination Option
Students must take a comprehensive examination as part of the program and degree requirements. Students are generally advised to take the comprehensive exam during their last semester in the program, and may not take the exam before completing at least 30 graduate credits. The comprehensive examination consists of an essay component addressing the application of content from foundations and higher level courses to speech-language assessment and intervention. Students who fail the exam must be counseled by the department chairperson, directed toward remedial instruction, and should retake the exam.
Students must also present a completed KASA disk indicating achievement of all objectives, a completed clinical hour spreadsheet for approval by clinic administrators, and a KASA Verification Form for approval by the advisement counselor and the program director.
The research option requires a student to conduct empirical research on a topic relevant to communication sciences and disorders or dysphagia. Selection of the research option implies that completion of the requirements here listed is in lieu of the comprehensive examination. The chosen topic may involve basic or clinically oriented research. The precise topic addressed will be developed by the student and guided by an advisor.
Speech-Language Performance and Writing Proficiency
Graduate students admitted to the Speech- Language Pathology program must demonstrate English writing proficiency as a requirement for graduation.
The ASHA has established a Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA) requirement. KASA objectives have been developed for each course. Students receive both a grade and an evaluation of KASA objectives for each course. A passing grade in the course does not necessarily indicate achievement of all KASA objectives. Therefore, a remediation plan will be developed to address those objectives not achieved. In order to graduate, students must achieve all KASA objectives and complete any required remediation(s).
Credit and GPA Requirements
|MS Speech-Language Pathology Requirements|
|The following are the required Foundation courses:|
|SLP 601||Introduction to Research in Speech-Language Pathology||3.00|
|SLP 602||Advanced Language Acquisition||3.00|
|SLP 603||Communication and Language Learning in Bilingual/Multicultural Populations||3.00|
|SLP 606||Advanced Neuroanatomy for Speech-Language Pathology||3.00|
|SLP 608||Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology||1.00|
|SLP 620||Comparative Phonology and Phonological Disorders||3.00|
|A minimum of 39 credits are required from the higher level courses listed below:|
|SLP 604||Biling/Multicult Foundations II: Assessment and Intervention: Methods & Materials||3.00|
|SLP 605||Diagnostic Process||3.00|
|SLP 607||Advanced Clinical Audiology||3.00|
|SLP 609||Speech Science and Instrumentation||3.00|
|SLP 621||Fluency Disorders||3.00|
|SLP 622||Voice Disorders||3.00|
|SLP 627||Motor Speech Disorders||3.00|
|SLP 630||Topics In Communication Disorders||3.00|
|SLP 640||Language Disorders in Children||3.00|
|SLP 641||Aphasia and Adult Neurogenic Disorders||3.00|
|SLP 642||Speech-Language-Hearing Services for Language-Learning Disabilities||3.00|
|SLP 644||Speech-Language-Hearing Services in Multicultural/Multilingual School Settings||3.00|
|SLP 720||Independent Study-Research on Disorders of Speech||3.00|
|A minimum of 9 units are required from the Practicum sequence:|
|SLP 610A||Clinical Practicum: Intro to Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders||2.00|
|SLP 610B||Clinical Practicum: Intro to Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders||2.00|
|SLP 610C||Clinical Practicum: Intro to Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders||1.00|
|SLP 611A||Intermediate Clinical Practicum in the Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders||1.00|
|SLP 611B||Intermediate Practicum in the Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders/Monolingual||1.00|
|SLP 611C||Intermediate Practicum in a School Setting/Bilingual||1.00|
|SLP 611D||Extended Intermediate Clinical Practicum in the treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders||1.00|
|SLP 612A||Advanced Clinical Practicum: Assessment and Treatment Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders||1.00|
|SLP 614A||Diagnostic Practicum: Children||1.00|
|SLP 614B||Diagnostic Practicum: Adults||1.00|
|SLP 615A||Audiology Practicum||1.00|
|SLP 616||Clinical Observation||1.00|
|Praxis Examination Pass Rate|
|Period||Number of Test Takers||Number of Test Takers Passed||Pass Rate|
|3 Year Average||70.5%|
|Period||Number of Graduates Employed||Number of Graduates Not Employed||Total|
|3 Year Average||100.00%|
|Program Completion Rate|
|Period||Number completing on time||Number completing later than on-time||Number not completing||Total|
|3 Year Average||91.9%|
Miriam Baigorri, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
Isabelle Barriere, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Valantis Fyndanis, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Nelson Moses, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor
Marisa Nagano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Martha Tyrone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director
Katrien Vermeire, Ph.D., CCC-A, Visiting Professor
Gina Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Scott Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor and Chair
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