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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Speech-Language Pathology

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The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) accredits the graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program of the Nazareth College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The program’s mission is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to be effective, efficient, and ethical professionals in a diverse society. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to apply for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), licensing by the New York State Education Department, and teacher certification by the New York State Education Department.

The program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of academic course work and, 9 credit hours of clinical course work. The program offers a wide range of courses and practica opportunities to prepare students to work in a variety of settings including medical, educational and private agencies. Applicants who have not completed the undergraduate prerequisites required for graduate study in the Nazareth College Speech-Language Pathology Program are admitted to the Extended Program (refer to Prerequisite Course listing).

Graduate students begin their practicum experience in the Nazareth College Speech Hearing Clinic and its outreach programs. The clinic services a diverse group of clients with speech, language, and hearing disorders. Students interested in neurological disorders are given opportunities to conduct evaluations, treatment, and research in the Aphasia Clinic.

The Nazareth College clinics are an integral part of the clinical education component of the program. Services are available to the community at large.

Program Director
Lisa Durant-Jones, M.S.

Entry Requirements  


  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution with a cumulative index of 3.0.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Copy of teacher certification where applicable.
  5. Copy of supervised observations and clinical hours where applicable.
  6. Score on GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
  7. Application and fee.
  8. Completion of the personal-professional statement as described on the application form.

Application Deadlines  


February 1 for Fall Term
October 1 for Spring Term

Prerequisite Courses/Extended Program 

All applicants to the Speech-Language Pathology program must have transcript credit (which could include course work, advanced placement, CLEP, or examination of equivalency) for each of the following areas:

(1) biological sciences,
(2) physical sciences,
(3) mathematics/statistics, and
(4) social-behavioral sciences.

Applicants whose undergraduate preparation in speech-language pathology is deficient will be required to complete prerequisite courses in an extended program. To continue graduate study, students must obtain a B or higher grade in all prerequisite courses taken in the extended program. The following courses, or their equivalents are required:

  1. 15 credit hours in Basic Communication Processes: CSD 132 Introduction to Speech, Language and Hearing; CSD 201 Phonetics; CSD 231 Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism; CSD 232 Speech Science; CSD 252 Psycholinguistics. See Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions.
  2. 15 credit hours in methodology and practice: CSD 335 Methods of Speech-Language Evaluation; CSD 360 or 361, and 362 (lab) Methods of Speech-Language Therapy; CSD 437 Hearing Problems and Testing; CSD 438 Aural Rehabilitation; CSD 452 Behavior Management. Students who do not currently hold Inital Certification and desire teaching certification must complete the following 15 credit hours in addition to the prerequisite courses in communication sciences and disorders noted above: EDU 204 History and Philosophy of Education; PSY 221 Developmental Psychology I: Childhood and Adolescence; EDU 475 Health Education/Child Abuse/Violence Prevention & Intervention Workshop (0 credit); CSD 468 Speech-Language Services in the Schools; CSD 565 Student Teaching. All courses are 3 semester credit hours unless noted otherwise. See Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions.
  3. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from another institution may be required to complete additional academic and/or clinical course work in order to fulfill certification requirements as outlined on the Knowledge and Skills Acquisition Form. The Program Director will assist those students in identifying those deficiency areas as a program of study is developed.
  4. Students pursuing teacher certification must complete the required New York State Certification Examinations.

Teacher Certification

Students who wish to pursue Initial Teacher Certification for Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD) at the graduate level are required to complete the following courses:

  • EDU 204 History and Philosophy of Education or equivalent
  • PSY 221 Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence
  • EDU 475 Heath Education/Child Abuse/Violence Prevention Workshop
  • CSD 468 Speech-Language Services in the Schools
  • CSD 565 Student Teaching

Completion of the New York State Certification Examinations are required prior to student teaching.

Academic Core: (9 credit hours required)

These courses are typically completed during the first two semesters of graduate study.

Practicum (minimum of 9 credit hours required)

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Training is required for all practicum courses.

The Council on Clinical Certification (CCC) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires practicum experiences that encompass the breadth of the current scope of practice across the life span. Practicum must be designed to develop knowledge and skills in areas outlined by the CCC. Students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of which at least 375 hours must be in direct client/patient contact and 25 hours in observation. At least 325 of the 400 clock hours must be completed at the graduate level. Students must obtain a minimum of 25 clock hours of clinical practicum under the supervision of Nazareth College faculty before they are eligible for an externship. This experience is typically obtained in the Nazareth College Speech and Hearing Clinic during an intensive summer program.

KASA Competency-Based Coursework & Advanced Electives (minimum of 30 credit hours)

All courses except Advanced Clinical Techniques and Research Methodology recur on cycle (i.e. fall, spring, or summer). Advanced Clinical Techniques and Research Methodology are offered every term.

  • In consultation with the Graduate Program Director/academic advisor, students plan and implement individualized programs to acquire and retain knowledge and skills in the competency areas outlined by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Specific knowledge must be verified/demonstrated in the following areas: Articulation, Fluency, Voice & Resonance, Language, Hearing, Swallowing, Cognitive Aspects, Social Aspects and Modalities. Students with an undergraduate degree in the major will be required to take additional academic or clinical course work at the graduate level when the Graduate Advisor cannot verify a targeted knowledge or skill area.
  • Each student’s graduate program of study is created to ensure that they possess the appropriate requisite knowledge when registering for competency-based and elective course work.

The following courses are typically completed during the first year of graduate study: CSD 512, 520, 531, 532, 533, 534, 542, 544, 561, 577, 580, 585.  Remaining courses are considered advanced level and in most instances are taken during the final semesters of graduate study.



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