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Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Richard J. Schissel, Associate Professor and Chair

The Ithaca College undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and audiology provides the opportunity to earn one of two B.S. degrees. Students may elect the teaching option, which grants the New York State provisional certificate as a teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped, or the nonteaching option in speech-language pathology and audiology.

These programs offer in-depth study in speech, language, and hearing disorders and are complemented by carefully selected liberal arts requirements. In addition to classroom activities, there is clinical practicum experience during the junior and senior years, affording students an opportunity to work clinically with clients at the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic. Students in the teaching option are provided an additional semester of clinical experience during their student teaching placement. After completion of the four year degree and provisional certification requirements, students may begin their careers as public school speech-language pathologists, or they may enter a master's degree program in speech-language pathology, audiology, deaf education, or similar specializations. Generally, for permanent teacher certification, as well as for the license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in the state of New York, a master's degree is required. The department's graduate programs meet the academic requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Special Academic Status Policy
For all degree programs in speech-language pathology and audiology - All required department courses (620-xxxxx), 315-16000 Physics of Sound, and 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. 1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00
  2. 2. Maintain a GPA of 2.00 in all major courses (620-xxxxx) and 328-23300 Linguistics
  3. 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. Where a GPA deficiency exists, the student must subsequently attain grades sufficiently above the 2.00 standard to bring the deficient 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 Ithaca College.

Occasional Study at Another Institution
Students matriculated in a major in the department normally may not take courses required for their major (620-xxxxx courses) at another institution. Students may request, through their academic adviser, a waiver of this policy. The department considers such requests on a case-by-case basis.

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B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Curriculum
Major department requirements Credits

620-11010

Phonetics

3

620-15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

620-21200

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

3

620-21600

Normal Speech and Language Development

3

620-22000

Articulation and Phonological 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

620-45400

Programming Speech, Language, and Hearing Services

3

620-47200

Clinical Practicum II

3

Total

39

Required courses outside major department

315-16000

Physics of Sound

3

328-23300

Introduction to Linguistics

3

330-10400

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or

 

330-20400

Principles of Developmental Psychology

3

330-31100

Behavioral Neuroscience

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or advanced writing course determined by test

3

Total

15

Electives outside major department

Psychology electives (SS or NS)

6

Social and behavioral sciences (SS)

6

Humanities (HU)

6

Natural sciences and mathematics (NS)

3

Fine and performing arts (FA)

6

From any liberal arts area (LA)

12

From any area

31

Total

70

 

Total, B.S. in speech-language pathology and audiology

124

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B.S. in Teachers of Speech and Hearing Handicapped
New York State Certificate of Eligibility
The teacher certification program complies with a competency-based teacher education model as mandated by the New York State Education Department. Completion of the program affords the student a provisional certificate indicating competence within the ability level of a B.S.-degree graduate to work in a public school or for a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).The program is designed to develop skills in a sequential manner. Each student electing this option should consult with his or her academic adviser.

All candidates for teaching certification must attend two workshops - one on child abuse identification and prevention and the other on drug and alcohol abuse identification and prevention. The evening workshops are offered each semester.

Curriculum
Major department requirements Credits

620-11010

Phonetics

3

620-15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

620-21200

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

3

620-21600

Normal Speech and Language Development

3

620-22000

Articulation and Phonological 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

620-45400

Programming Speech, Language, and Hearing Services

3

620-47200

Clinical Practicum II

3

620-47400

Professional Semester in Education

12

Total

51

Required courses outside major department

315-16000

Physics of Sound

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

330-21000

Educational Psychology

3

330-31100

Behavioral Neuroscience

3

377-10600

Academic Writing I or advanced writing course determined by test

3

395-34000

Social Foundations of Education

3

Total

24

Electives outside major department

Psychology electives (SS or NS)

6

Social and behavioral sciences (SS)

6

Humanities (HU)

6

Natural sciences and mathematics (NS)

3

Fine and performing arts (FA)

6

From any liberal arts area (LA)

9

From any area

13

Total

49

 

Total, B.S. in teachers of the speech and hearing handicapped

124

Guidelines on course sequencing and other information about requirements for both options are available at the department office.

Note on Course Numbering System

Admission to Student Teaching
An application to student teach must be filed with the clinical coordinator during an orientation meeting in the first month of the semester prior to student teaching. The following are required for permission to student teach:

  1. 1. Approval of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  2. 2. Completion of all departmental courses required for the competency-based teacher education program
  3. 3. A departmental GPA of at least 2.70
  4. 4. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 for all College courses
  5. 5. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C- or better prior to student teaching:

An attempt is made to consider the student's specific interests when selecting student teaching sites. Students are reminded that the placement options depend on the number of master teachers who are available to take students. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements, including housing and transportation to and from the student teaching site.

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