Regina Grantham, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
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.
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 are interested in teaching certification may utlize program course work to meet requirements.
The culminating experience is the student's choice of either a master's thesis or a comprehensive exam.
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
For students interested in New York State initial teaching certification in Speech and Language Disabilities, the master's program in communication sciences and disorders will provide the opportunity for relevant course work. An institutional recommendation is not available. Students must apply for New York State Department of Education Certification via the Individual Pathway.
If a student is interested in teaching certification, they should review the state requirements for their intended certification, including course work and required non-credit workshops. For New York State Certification information, visit the Department of Education Office of Teaching Initiatives.
The Communications Disorders and Sciences department will provide advising support to assist students seeking teaching certification.
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: