School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Luanne Andersson, Associate Professor and Chair
Richard Schissel, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
Christine Cecconi, Associate Clinical Professor and Clinic Director

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, elementary education, and special education.

Professional coursework 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 speech-language pathology. The department's graduate programs meet the academic and clinical requirements for professional certification and licenses as defined by the ASHA, NYSED, and NYSOP.

Strengths of the Ithaca College program in SLP include:

  1. the opportunity to take up to 30 credits in courses pertaining to disordered communication (e.g., child language disorders, fluency and voice disorders), providing excellent preparation for graduate school,
  2. experiential learning through clinical practicum experiences during the junior and senior years, affording students an opportunity to complete not only the required hours observing another clinician at work but also approximately 25 supervised clinical hours working directly with clients in the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic or an approved off-campus clinic site,
  3. the opportunity to study abroad during the junior year,
  4. the opportunity to have a minor area of study (e.g., minor in psychology, minor in health policy and management),
  5. the opportunity to enroll in teacher education coursework that is required for New York State TSSLD certification, and
  6. expedited acceptance into our graduate program for SLP majors who enter their senior year with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

The expedited acceptance program is designed for SLP majors who enter the senior year with a GPA of 3.50 or above. These students apply to our graduate program on the same calendar as traditional applicants; however, they are not required to provide GRE scores or letters of recommendation. These students take graduate courses in the typical sequence and complete the program in seven semesters. Letters of recommendation and GRE scores are required for all students seeking graduate assistantships.

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 23200 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 2.50;
  2. maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all major courses (SLPA xxxxx) and LNGS 23200 Introduction to 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 2.50 standard to bring the cumulative GPA up to the required 2.50 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 36000

Brain Science

3

SLPA 36500

Basic Speech Science

3

SLPA 37000

Clinical Practicum I

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 15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning or

3
MATH 14500 Statistics for Health, Life and Social Sciences 3

PSYC 20700

Statistics in Psychology

4

COMP 11000

Computers and Information Technologies or

3

COMP 20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher LA-TE or

2

HLTH 13901 Technology for the Professional Edge 3

EDUC 21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

LNGS 23200

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

Select one of the following:

SLPA 24900

Hearing Loss in the Elderly or

SLPA 32000 Fluency and Voice Disorders or

SLPA 35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population or

SLPA 45900

Communication Disorders in Culturally Diverse Populations

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

20-34

Total, electives outside major

46-48

Summary

Major department requirements

46

Required courses outside major department

23-25

Restricted electives in major department

3

Electives outside major

46-48

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

All students must take the following course:

SLPA 15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

Electives

Students must take at least 15 credits from the lists below; at least 6 of these credits must be taken from the speech-language and hearing disorders course list below.

LNGS 23200 Introduction to Linguistics 3

SLPA 11000

Phonetics

3

SLPA 21200

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

3

SLPA 21600

Normal Language and Literacy Development

3

SLPA 24000

Basic Audiology

3
SLPA 36000 Brain Science 3
SLPA 36500 Basic Speech Science 3
Speech-language and hearing disorders courses
SLPA 22000 Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders 3
SLPA 23000 Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention 3
SLPA 24200 Aural Rehabilitation 3
SLPA 24900 Hearing Loss in the Elderly 3

SLPA 32000

Stuttering and Voice Disorders

3
SLPA 35900 Communication Disorders in the Aging Population 3
Total, minor in communication disorders 18

Note: The above courses may have prerequisites; refer to the course descriptions.
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 the use of American Sign Language and increase the student's understanding of deafness and Deaf culture.

Note: Ithaca College's Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology recognizes members of the linguistic and cultural group whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) by capitalizing "deaf" when referring to this group or its members.

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 constitute 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).
    Graduate Catalog

Clinical Affiliations

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