School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Luanne Andersson, Associate Professor and Chair
Christine Cecconi, Associate Clinical Professor and Assistant Chair

Students who select speech-language pathology (SLP) as their major typically pursue a career as practicing speech-language pathologists. The Ithaca College undergraduate program in SLP provides the solid clinical and academic foundation essential for achieving that goal. Students who successfully complete the program earn a B.S. degree that prepares them for graduate study in speech-language pathology. Students are also well prepared to enter related areas of study at the graduate level, such as audiology, deaf education, elementary education, and special education.

Professional coursework fundamentally focuses on basic human communication processes while introducing students to the study of speech-language and hearing disorders and providing capstone experiences in a clinical practicum. This coursework is complemented by carefully selected, yet flexible, liberal arts and teacher education courses. A master's degree is required for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and clinical competence in SLP (CCC-SLP), New York State Education Department (NYSED) professional teaching certificate in Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), and New York State Office of Professions (NYSOP) license to practice SLP. The department's graduate programs meet the academic and clinical requirements for professional certification and licenses as defined by the ASHA, NYSED, and NYSOP.

Unique features of the Ithaca College program in SLP are (1) experiential learning through clinical practicum experiences during the junior and senior years, affording students an opportunity for supervised clinical practice at the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic or an approved off-campus clinic site; and (2) the opportunity to enroll in teacher education coursework that is required for New York State TSSLD certification, and (3) an integrated undergraduate/graduate program for the students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or above in the SLP major are eligible to apply for acceptance into the integrated undergraduate/graduate program. These students may apply for acceptance into the integrated program during fall of the Junior year. Students who apply are automatically accepted into the program and begin taking clinic courses (Clinic I) during spring of the Junior year. They then take 8 credits of 500 level courses for undergraduate credit during the senior year (graduating with 120 credits) and begin graduate school at Ithaca College the following fall. Students who participate in the integrated program receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ithaca College. They take all of the courses that students in the traditional graduate program take but are able to complete graduate school one semester earlier than the traditional student.

Speech-Language Pathology, B.S.
Communication Disorders Minor
Deaf Studies Minor

Special Academic Status Policy, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

All required department courses (SLPA xxxxx), as well as LNGS 23300 Introduction to Linguistics, must be completed with a grade of C- or better. No advanced course may be taken until all prerequisites for it have been completed with a grade of C- or better. In addition, to maintain satisfactory academic standing, a student must

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  2. maintain a GPA of 2.00 in all major courses (SLPA xxxxx) and LNGS 23300 Linguistics; and
  3. successfully complete at least 24 credits in any consecutive 12 months.

Academic warning: A student who fails to meet any of the three requirements for satisfactory standing stated above will be placed on academic warning. When a GPA deficiency exists, the student must subsequently attain grades sufficiently above the 2.00 standard to bring the cumulative GPA up to the required 2.00 or above.

Dismissal: A student who fails to meet the requirements for satisfactory standing for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major and also may be suspended or dismissed from the school and from Ithaca College.

Occasional Study at Another Institution

Students majoring in SLP normally do not receive transfer credit for department courses required for the major (SLPA xxxxx). Students may request, through their academic adviser, a waiver of this policy. The department considers such requests on a case-by-case basis.

B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Requirements for the Major in Speech-Language Pathology -- B.S.

Major department requirements

SLPA 11010

Phonetics

3

SPLA 15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

SLPA 16000

Acoustics for the Speech and Hearing Sciences

3

SLPA 21200

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

3

SLPA 21600

Normal Language and Literacy Development

3

SLPA 22000

Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders

3

SLPA 23000

Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention

3

SLPA 24000

Basic Audiology

3

SLPA 24200

Aural Rehabilitation

3

SLPA 35200

Diagnosis and Appraisal

3

SLPA 37000

Clinical Practicum I

3

SLPA 36000

Brain Science

3

SLPA 36500

Basic Speech Science

3

SLPA 45400

Speech and Language Disabilities in Educational Settings

3

SLPA 47200

Clinical Practicum II

4

Total, major department requirements

46

Required courses outside major department

MATH 14400

Business Statistics (4) or

MATH 15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning or

MATH 24300

Statistics (3) or

MATH 24400

Statistics with Probability (4) or

PSYC 20700

Statistics in Psychology (4)

3-4

COMP 11000

Computers and Information Technologies (3) or

COMP 20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher (2)

2-3

EDUC 21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

LNGS 23300

Introduction to Linguistics

3

PSYC 10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

3

PSYC 21010

Educational Psychology

3

WRTG 10600

Academic Writing I or

WRTG xxxxx

Advanced writing course determined by placement test

3

EDUC 34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC 11000

Child abuse seminar

0

EDUC 11100

Drug abuse seminar

0

Total, required courses outside department

23-25

Restricted electives in major department

Choose one of the following:

SLPA 24900

Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3) or

SLPA 32000 Fluency and Voice Disorders (3) or

SLPA 35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3) or

SLPA 45900

Communication Disorders in Culturally Diverse Populations (3)

3

Electives outside major

Social and behavioral sciences (SS)

     3

Humanities (HU)

     3

HIST xxxxx

History

     3

Language other than English (modern languages and literatures, sign language, or a demonstrated proficiency)

  0-6

Fine and performing arts (FA)

     3

From any liberal arts area (LA)

 0-10

From any area

17-29

Total, electives outside major

36-51

Summary:

Major department requirements

     46

Required courses outside major department

23-25

Restricted electives in major department

      3

Electives outside major

36-51

Total, B.S. in speech-language pathology

   120

Minor in Communication Disorders

Open to students majoring in all disciplines except speech-language pathology. The minor is designed to increase students' understanding of communication disorders. Students may be "generalists" (selecting courses that provide an overview of communication disorders) or "specialists" (selecting courses that reflect an area of specific interest, such as science, language, or phonology).

Requirements

SLPA 15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

LNGS 23200

Introduction to Linguistics

3

Elective 

Select four of the following courses:

SLPA 11010

Phonetics (3)

SLPA 16000

Acoustics for the Speech and Hearing Sciences (3)

SLPA 21200

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3)

SLPA 21600

Normal Language and Literacy Development (3)

SLPA 22000

Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders (3)

SLPA 23000

Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (3)

SLPA 24000

Basic Audiology (3)

SLPA 24200

Aural Rehabilitation (3)

SLPA 24900 Fluency and Voice Disorders (3)
SLPA 32000 Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3)
SLPA 35900 Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3)

SLPA 36000

Brain Science (3)

SLPA 36500

Basic Speech Science (3)

12

Total, minor in communication disorders

18

Guidelines on course sequencing and other requirements are available at the department office, Smiddy Hall 301.

Minor in Deaf Studies

Open to students majoring in all disciplines. The minor is designed to develop use of American Sign Language and increase the student's understanding deafness and deaf culture.

Requirements
SLPA 10901 American Sign Language I  3
SLPA 20901 American Sign Language II  3
SLPA 30901 American Sign Language III  3
SLPA 20800 Perspectives on Deafness  3
SLPA 31000 Deaf Culture  3
Total, minor in deaf studies 15

Course Numbering System

  • The level-1 and level-2 required courses comprise a core curriculum that emphasizes basic human communication processes and provides introductory information relevant to communication disorders. Students are required to complete courses at this level before attempting the intermediate or advanced ones.
  • The level-3 and level-4 courses are intermediate and advanced offerings for majors and minors only.
  • The level-5 courses are graduate-level offerings and may be taken by seniors only with approval of the department chairperson and the dean of graduate studies (refer to the Ithaca College graduate catalog for complete graduate course offerings).

Clinical Affiliations

A list of approved sites may be obtained through the Office of Experiential Learning.