2016-17 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 22, 2021  
2016-17 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Disorders and Sciences

Communication Disorders and Sciences Department

Regina B. Grantham, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
Fax: 607-753-5940
Email: department secretary

School of Professional Studies


Mary Emm, Eileen Gilroy, Regina B. Grantham, Joan Luckhurst, Deborah Matherton, Michael Pitcher, Jill Toftegaard, Irena Vincent, Deborah Wilson

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section.


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a program intended for students who have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or its equivalent. It requires a minimum of 58 credit hours of approved graduate work, including clinical experience. Graduates will be prepared to qualify for the ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), New York State Licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist, and New York state teacher certification for teachers of speech and language disabilities.

Accreditation Status

The master's (M.S.) education program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at SUNY Cortland is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, MD 20850

Graduate Student Outcomes

Graduate Student Outcome Data Program Completion Rate

Period Total Number of Students Number Completed Within
Expected Time Frame
Percent Completing Within
Expected Time Frame
2014-2016 14 13* 92.8%
(inaugural class)
12 12 100%

*One student withdrew.

Employment Rate

Period Number of Graduates Number of Graduates/
Percent of Graduates Employed
2014-2016 13 13/100%
2013-2015 12 12/100%

PRAXIS Pass Rate

Period Number of Students
Taking the Exam to Date
Number of Students Passed Pass Rate (%)
2014-2016 12* 12 100%
2013-2015 12 12 100%

* Thirteen students graduated but one student has yet to take the Praxis.

Special Features

  • Speech Language Pathologist in the Schools
  • Speech Language Pathologist in a hospital
  • Speech Language Pathologist in a free standing clinic
  • Speech Language Pathologist in Private Practice

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a graduate degree program as stated in this catalog, the applicant for enrollment in the program leading to an M.S. degree in communication sciences and disorders should present the following:

  1. Official transcripts documenting a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology/communication disorders or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Overall and major undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Entry into speech-language pathology master's programs is very competitive, with more eligible applicants than can be accommodated. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
  3. Three letters of reference. Two must be from academics.
  4. A typewritten statement of 250 words or less, demonstrating commitment to, and interest in the profession of speech-language pathology. The applicant should demonstrate an ability to write clearly and well.
  5. If, upon admission, you have an initial/provisional certificate or a certificate of qualification for initial or provisional certification as teacher of students with speech and language disabilities issued by the New York State Education Department, present this documentation to your graduate advisor at the beginning of the initial semester.

Additional Requirements

Candidates for the degree must meet any additional undergraduate and graduate requirements for the award of the degree established by the department. The student in consultation with the department's chair (or the chair's designee) must ascertain such additional requirements.