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MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Speech Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences offers the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). This degree is designed for individuals with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with appropriate prerequisite coursework.

The purpose of this CSD degree program is to provide aspiring professionals with a firm understanding of the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing; the competence to diagnose and treat the full range of communicative disorders in all age groups; and the opportunity to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers, and private practice. The CSD degree is a professional program that emphasizes the knowledge and skills requisite to practice speech-language pathology in an effective, ethical, and inclusive manner.  Additionally, this program prepares students for application for professional credentialing in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (information below).

Curriculum

Individuals will complete the following sequenced coursework:

Fall 1
CSD 515 Language Disorders in Children
CSD 501 Voice Disorders
CSD 505 Neuroanatomy and Physiology
CSD 610 Practicum 1


Spring 1
CSD 500 Language Disorders in Adults
CSD 615 Evaluation Procedures for Diagnostic Purposes in Speech-Language Pathology
CSD 603 Advanced Phonological Development & Disorders
CSD 611 Practicum 2
 
Summer 1
CSD 519 Language Development and Disorders in School-Age Children
CSD 612 Practicum 3
 
Summer 2
CSD 570 Current Issues in Audiology
CSD 580 Clinical Communication
 
Fall 2
CSD 524 Dysphagia in Adults and Children
CSD 517 Research Methods in Speech and Hearing
CSD 613 Practicum 4
CSD Elective
 
Spring 2
CSD 575 Fluency Disorders
CSD 521 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CSD 614 Practicum 5
CSD Elective
 
List of CSD Electives:
CSD 520 Traumatic Brain Injury
CSD 522 Cranial Facial Anomalies
CSD 523 Childhood Motor Speech Disorders
CSD 525
 
Special Topics in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
CSD 581 Communication and Aging
CSD 583 Multiculturalism and Communication
CSD 585
 
Nonverbal Communication and Listening in the Clinical Setting
CSD 587 Communicating with Families in the Clinical Setting
CSD 588 Case Studies in Communication
CSD 589 Healthcare Interviewing
CSD 599 Special Topics in Clinical Communication

Accreditation

The Master of Arts (MA) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Iona College is a Candidate for Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

Complaint Procedures Regarding Accreditation


Any questions regarding the program's accreditation status or compliance with accreditation standards may be directed to the Committee on Academic Accreditation (CAA) at the following address:


Committee on Academic Accreditation
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2200 Research Boulevard

Rockville, MD  20850-3289


Phone: (800) 498-2071 (ASHA Members), (800) 638-8255 (Non-members)

Fax: (301) 296-8580

http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/

Professional Credentialing

Graduates of the Iona College CSD program will have completed the necessary coursework and clinical experiences to satisfy the academic and professional requirements specified by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and are eligible to apply for licensure in Speech-Language Pathology by the New York State Department of Education's Office of the Professions. ASHA provides guidelines for obtaining certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist; please refer to http://asha.org/certification/ for more information. In addition, please refer to the New York State Education Department Office of Professions for additional information regarding State credentialing: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/slpa/speechlic.htm

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