The mission of the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology is to provide students with a comprehensive course of study, which emphasizes academic knowledge, development of clinical competencies, and promotion of research in a professional, supportive and caring environment.
The academic and clinical competencies, which are the foundation of the program, are based on the scope of practice approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the New York State Department of Education. The goal of the program is for each student to demonstrate these competencies as requirements for entry level into the profession. The mission and goals of the program are a reflectionof the mission and goals of both the College and the School of Health Sciences.
In addition to the emphasis on academic and clinical knowledge and skills, the program's goals include the development of critical and analytical thinking, promotion of information literacy, and the development of research skills. The program prepares the student to be able to select, utilize, and analyze the methodologies available to evaluate and treat individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan, with special attention given to the school-age child and the classroom setting, while demonstrating an understanding of different cultural heritages.