About the Program
The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology prepares students with a strong foundation in normal acquisition of speech, language, and hearing, and provides an introduction to the field of communication sciences and disorders. The undergraduate curriculum provides students with all prerequisite courses needed for graduate study. The master's degree is required for the initial teaching certificate, the license to practice speech-language pathology, and for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, http://www.asha.org. The master’s degree program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
About the Speech-Language Pathology Department
316 Caudell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4412
Fax: (716) 878-5711
Students are eligible to apply for admission to the department as freshmen. If transferring into the SLP program as a sophomore or junior, a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better is required for admission.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and social/behavioral sciences
2. Understand normal speech, language, hearing, and communication.
3. Understand the nature (etiology and characteristics) of communication disorders and its relationship to other disabilities.
4. Understand the relevance of cultural diversity and globalism and their impact on communication disorders.
5. Critically analyze a selected body of literature in communication sciences and disorders
6. Demonstrate good writing skills across the discipline, including but not limited to essays, research papers, literature reviews, labs, and observation reports using APA style.
7. Collaborate effectively with others on in-class and out-of-class projects to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved on a team.
8. Describe aspects of language in typically developing school-age children
9. Identify a variety of clinical techniques/strategies for improving an individual’s communication abilities.
General Education 23 Requirements
33 credit hours 33
Speech-Language Pathology Major Requirements (52 credit hours)
EXE 100 NATURE AND NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
EXE 245 COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
SPF 202 CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION 3
SPF 302 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 3
SLP 205 INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY 3
SLP 206 BUILDING SOCIAL CONNECTIONS: COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND CONVERSATION 3
SLP 302 CLINICAL PHONETICS 3
SLP 303 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 3
SLP 304 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISMS 3
SLP 305 COMMUNICATION DISORDERS I 3
SLP 314 AUDIOLOGY 3
SLP 328 AUDIOLOGY LAB 1
SLP 329 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION LAB 1
SLP 401 AURAL REHABILITATION 3
SLP 405 COMMUNICATION DISORDERS II 3
SLP 411 INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN 3
SLP 412 SPEECH ACOUSTICS AND PERCEPTION 3
SLP 424 SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS 3
SLP 428 ACOUSTICS LAB 1
SLP 429 CLINICAL ACTIVITY 1
All College Electives
35-41 credit hours 35-41
These may also be used to fulfill General Education 23 requirements:
3 credits in biological sciences
3 credits in physical sciences (chemistry OR physics for non-majors)
3 credits in statistics
Total Credit Hours 120