About the Program
Accredited by: The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
Programs must be planned under advisement and approved by the graduate program director. Students are expected to complete academic and clinical education requirements to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and New York State licensure in speech-language pathology. Additional coursework may be required for New York State teacher certification. Students complete a minimum of three semesters of supervised practica in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic prior to placement at off-campus practica. Only students in good standing are permitted to enroll in SLP 505 Graduate Practicum in an Educational Setting and SLP 611 Externship in Communication Disorders. Students must communicate with the graduate program director before initial registration to plan a program that will ensure completion of ASHA certification, New York State licensure, and New York State teacher certification requirements.
The Speech-Language Pathology master’s in education (M.S.Ed.) program is a full-time program that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is currently accredited through 2023. The program is currently accredited through 2023. It is listed as Buffalo State College.
The master's in education (M.S.Ed.) degree program in speech-language is also registered with the New York State Education Department nysed.gov/contact-NYSED
Students must complete all requirements for New York State licensure in speech-language pathology (https://www.op.nysed.gov/speech-language-pathology) for the initial/professional teaching certificate issued by the New York State Department of Education (Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities).
About the Speech-Language Pathology Department
316 Caudell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4412
Fax: (716) 878-5711
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
2. A minimum of 25 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in speech-language pathology that includes courses related to the normal development of speech, language, and hearing processes; courses related to disordered speech, language, and hearing; and courses related to the speech and hearing sciences. Students with an undergraduate degree in a different discipline may apply directly to the master’s program. In this situation, the student will be required to complete preparatory “make up” courses in our undergraduate program prior to beginning graduate coursework and clinical practica. The specific courses that will be needed will be determined by the graduate program director, once the student has been admitted to the program. For ASHA Certification and New York State Teacher Certification, the following courses are also required. If they were not taken at the undergraduate level, they will be added to the graduate program:
a. 3 credits in a biological science
b. 3 credits in the physical sciences
c. 3 credits in statistics
d. 3 credits in the social and behavioral sciences
e. SPF 202 Child Development and Education
f. SPF 503 Educational Psychology
g. EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs
h. SLP 401 Aural Rehabilitation
i. SLP 424 Speech-Language Pathology Programs in Schools
4. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. For students with an undergraduate major in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major. For students from other majors, two of the letters must come from faculty in the major.
5. A writing sample.
Applicants must apply by January 15 for fall admission. No applications are accepted for spring admission.
The Speech-Language Pathology Department is currently participating in the Communication and Sciences Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To apply to the graduate program in speech-language pathology students must submit application to the SUNY Buffalo State Graduate School and apply online using the CSDCAS application
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases of basic human communication and swallowing processes.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of etiologies, characteristics, and linguistic and cultural correlates of communication and swallowing disorders.
3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span.
4. Conduct selected screening, prevention and formal and informal evaluation procedures.
5. Interpret, integrate and synthesize all information to arrive at a diagnosis and conveys said information cogently in written format.
Required Courses (38 credit hours) *1
SLP 501 CLINICAL METHODS 2
SLP 511 NEURAL PROCESSES OF COMMUNICATION 3
SLP 516 DIAGNOSTIC PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES 2
SLP 518 EXTENDED APPLICATIONS IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS 1
SLP 541 LANGUAGE DISORDERS: BIRTH TO AGE 5 3
SLP 580 RESEARCH METHODS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY 2
SLP 605 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CLINICAL INTERACTIONS: FAMILIES AND CULTURE 2
SLP 606 FLUENCY DISORDERS 3
SLP 607 DYSPHAGIA ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN 2
SLP 608 NEUROMOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN 3
SLP 609 DISORDERS OF VOICE AND RESONANCE 3
SLP 610 EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS 3
SLP 621 AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION 3
SLP 622 LANGUAGE DISORDERS OF SCHOOL-AGED INDIVIDUALS 3
SLP 623 ACQUIRED LANGUAGE DISORDERS 3
Practicum (19 credit hours) *1
SLP 505 GRADUATE PRACTICUM IN AN EDUCATIONAL SETTING 6
SLP 515 CLINICAL PRACTICUM 1-8
SLP 611 EXTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS 3-12
Required Capstone Options: *1
SLP 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3
or SLP 625 ADVANCED TOPICS AND ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS
or SLP 695 MASTER'S THESIS 3-6
Total Credit Hours 60
*1 Selected under advisement.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
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Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided in the full disclosure document to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.