General Program Goals/Objectives: The academic courses and clinical practicum experiences were created to achieve the
specific program outcomes listed below. Upon completion of the program students are
- Recall knowledge and demonstrate comprehension of basic human communication and swallowing
processes, including biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental,
linguistic and cultural aspects.
- Recall knowledge and demonstrate comprehension of the nature of speech, language,
hearing, and communication disorders/differences and swallowing disorders, including
their etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological,
developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.
- Recall information and demonstrate comprehension of the principles and methods of
prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing
disorders, including consideration of their anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological,
developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates of the disorders.
- Complete diagnostic evaluations of speech, language and hearing disorders for culturally,
economically and linguistically diverse populations of persons with communication
and swallowing disorders in all age groups across the life span, including screening
and prevention, collecting and integrating case history information, using appropriate
evaluation procedures and adapting these as necessary; interpreting, and synthesizing
evaluative data, reporting, and referring when necessary.
- Plan and execute treatment programs for diverse populations of persons with communication
and swallowing disorders in all age groups across the life span, including developing
and implementing setting-appropriate intervention plans; selecting, developing, and
using appropriate materials and instruments; measuring and evaluating; modifying plans,
strategies, materials, and instruments when needed; reporting; and identifying and
referring when appropriate.
- Integrate current developments in methodology and technology into clinical practice.
- Read and become familiar with current research and critical reports and relate findings
to the improvement of clinical practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ASHA's code of ethics, professional standards, scope of practice,
and preferred practice patterns.
- Satisfy the academic and practicum requirements for obtaining the ASHA Certification
of Clinical Competence, the New York State Professional License in Speech-Language
Pathology, and New York State Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and
Language Disabilities at the completion of the M.S. Degree requirements.
Evaluation Mechanisms: In order to evaluate the program goals of the Department of Communication Disorders
and Sciences, the following are monitored:
- Faculty review of student academic performance in undergraduate and graduate classes
(grades on specified assignments and remediation of those skills specific to the course
- Practicum supervisor review of student performance in supervised practice (Daily Clinical
Therapy skills Evaluation Summary Sheet, Clinical Skills Evaluations: Assessment and
Treatment, Self-evaluation of skills though review of taped assessment and /or treatment
session, Self-Rating Scales of Clinical Performance, supervisor completed Knowledge
and Skills Assessment (KASA) tracking sheet, and Student Clinician Disposition Rating
- Faculty review of student performance on comprehensive examinations (ETS Praxis Specialty
Examination in Speech-Language Pathology; Departmental Comprehensive Examination).
- Graduate Student Exit Survey.
- Student Outcome Assessment Survey completed by off-campus practicum supervisors.
- Annual Alumni and Employer Survey Results.