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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

E. W. Testut, 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 leads to graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, teaching students with speech and language disabilities (TSSLD), deaf education, or a related specialty.

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) teaching certificate in 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 degree 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) opportunity to enroll in teacher education coursework that is required for New York State TSSLD certification. After completion of the four-year degree, students may enter a graduate degree program in speech-language pathology, audiology, TSSLD, deaf education, or a similar specialization. A master's degree is required for the license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in the state of New York. The department's graduate programs meet the academic and clinical requirements for professional certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Special Academic Status Policy, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

All required department courses (620-xxxxx), as well as 328-23300 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 (620-xxxxx) and 328-23300 Linguistics, and

3. pass at least 24 credits of courses 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 may not receive transfer credit for courses required for the major (620-xxxxx courses). 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

620-11010

Phonetics

3

620-15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

620-16000

Acoustics for the Speech and Hearing Sciences

3

620-21200

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

3

620-21600

Normal Language and Literacy Development

3

620-22000

Articulation and Phonological Development and Disorders

3

620-23000

Child Language Disorders: Assessment and Intervention

3

620-24000

Basic Audiology

3

620-24200

Aural Rehabilitation

3

620-32000

Stuttering and Voice Disorders

3

620-35200

Diagnosis and Appraisal

3

620-37000

Clinical Practicum I

3

620-36000

Brain Science

3

620-36500

Basic Speech Science

3

620-45400

Speech and Language Disabilities in Educational Settings

3

620-47200

Clinical Practicum II

4

 

Total

49

Required courses outside major department

313-14400

Business Statistics (4) or

 

313-24300

Statistics (3) or

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability (4) or

 

330-20700

Statistics in Psychology (4)

3-4

312-11000

Computers and Information Technologies (3) or

 

312-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher (2)

2-3

327-21900

Elements of Tutoring

3

328-23300

Introduction to Linguistics

3

330-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or

 

330-20400

Principles of Developmental Psychology

3

330-21010

Educational Psychology

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or advanced writing course determined by placement test

3

795-34000

Social Foundations of Education

3

795-11000

Child Abuse Seminar

0

795-11100

Drug Abuse Seminar

0

 

Total

23-25

Electives in major department

620-24900

Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3) or

 

620-35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3) or

 

620-45900

Communication Disorders in Culturally Diverse Populations (3)

 
 

Total

3

Electives outside major department

 

Social and behavioral sciences (SS)

3

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

History

3

 

Language other than English (modern languages and literatures or 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

36-51

 

Total, B.S. in speech-language

120

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

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 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 course offerings).

Clinical Affiliations

A list of approved sites may be obtained through the Office of Experiential Learning (oel@ithaca.edu).

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