The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders integrates theory and content with strong clinical experience to prepare students for careers in communication sciences and disorders, often referred to as speech-language pathology. Students are prepared for clinical work in teaching or non-teaching professional positions and for further graduate study.
The M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at SUNY Cortland is a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). This is a pre-accreditation status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.
The program develops critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that assist students in applying theoretical knowledge to the clinical setting. Theoretical and research-based information on communication disorders, educational principles, technological aspects and multicultural aspects are explored in an experiential/active learning environment. The academic core is 36 credit hours and includes required courses in language disorders, phonology and articulation disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders, neuromotor speech disorders, auditory disorders, dysphagia and communication disorders in older adults. There are also required courses in augmentative and alternative communication, diagnostics, speech science and research and design. In addition, electives may be selected from areas of literacy, early intervention, multiculturalism and bilingualism and cleft palate/craniofacial disorders.
The degree provides the academic and clinical preparation necessary for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and New York state licensure as a speech-language pathologist.
Students who complete the necessary course work at the undergraduate and graduate levels would also fulfill requirements to qualify for New York State Education Department Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities initial certification and the academic preparation for the professional certificate.
The culminating experience is the student's choice of either a master's thesis for three-six credit hours or a comprehensive exam for three credit hours.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
Once the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office receives all of the required documents, your application will be forwarded to the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department. A committee consisting of a minimum of two department representatives will evaluate the applications.
Fall semester applications: July 1
The master's program in communication sciences and disorders also will offer the option of New York state teaching certification.
Students who have completed the speech and language disabilities major also have completed requirements for the initial New York state teaching certificate and therefore would take the master's option for CCC, New York state licensure and the academic requirements for the professional certificate. Students who are in the speech and hearing science program would need to complete additional undergraduate course work or the equivalent for the initial teaching certificate.
Students in the speech and hearing science program are advised to take the following courses as electives if they are interested in obtaining a New York state teaching certificate in the future.
Student transcripts will be reviewed to determined admissions requirements or additional course work to be completed while in the program. These students would need to have completed a literacy course at the undergraduate level or a literacy course such as LIT 540 or LIT 550 as one of their electives in the graduate program. Students would also need to meet the State Education Department requirements for foreign language and liberal arts and sciences. These students would also complete the requirements outlined above for the speech and hearing science majors from SUNY Cortland.
A summary of the undergraduate certification requirements for SUNY Cortland speech and hearing science graduates and graduates from other institutions is included in the following table.
SUNY Cortland Speech and Hearing Science (SHS) graduates
Graduates of Other Programs
|Health||HLH II0/HLH 199, HLH 510 or equivalent||HLH 110/HLH 199, HLH 510 or equivalent|
|Educational Psychology||PSY 332 or equivalent or PSY 501||PSY 332 or equivalent or PSY 501 or equivalent |
|Instrumentation/Technology||SHH 475 or SHH 643 or SHH 675||SHH 475 or equivalent or SHH 643 or SHH 675|
|Foundations of Education||EDU 496 or 596||EDU 496 or 596 or equivalent|
|Pedagogical Core - Culture and Heritage||SHH 360 or equivalent or SHH 641 or SHH 651||SHH 360 or equivalent or SHH 641 or SHH 651|
|Literacy||Sequence of SHH 300, 370, 360, and EDU 496 or equivalent Pedagogical Core - Culture and Heritage||Prior undergraduate course in literacy or LIT 540 or LIT 550 or equivalent pedagogical core - Culture and Heritage |
|Foreign Language||Completed as Program Requirement||Equivalent of two semesters (prior to program entrance)|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||Completed as Program Requirement||Minimum of 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences|
Select two courses
Literacy Development: select either
Or, select from the following:D. Culminating Activity
Students may have the option for either the comprehensive exam or a master's thesis.
Students who do not successfully complete SHH 688 or 689 must register for
For students seeking NYSED Initial Teaching Certification (if equivalents are not completed at the undergraduate level) the following courses are required: