The master's of science program in speech-language pathology within the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at SUNY Fredonia was awarded re-accreditation recently by the Council on Academic Accreditation in audiology and speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Programs scheduled for re-accreditation review can receive a re-accreditation status for five or eight years, or be placed on probation. Fredonia's Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences was awarded the full eight-year re-accreditation status through April 30, 2021.
The eight-year re-accreditation was awarded based on the department's application and a site visit by the accreditors, who confirmed SUNY Fredonia's compliance with ASHA standards.
SUNY Fredonia's Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences prepares students to become competent professionals by developing a foundation of knowledge and a repertoire of effective clinical skills; demonstrating a positive attitude for learning; participating in a cooperative relationship with faculty and fellow students; and demonstrating ethical and professional behavior in the academic and clinical environment.
Students are exposed to the knowledge and skills required for professional development including curricula covering basic human communication, speech sciences and technology, professional issues, research methods, speech-language and hearing disorders, theoretical and applied approaches to assessment, intervention and educational pedagogy.
Research opportunities augment the instructional programs by ensuring that faculty, staff and students are aware of the contribution they all make to the production of knowledge within the field of speech studies. The department actively supports students in research, scholarship, creative processes, clinical practice and service to the community.
The program also provides supervised diagnostic and outpatient services to communicatively disordered clientele at the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders on the SUNY Fredonia campus.
The speech-language pathology master's degree is built around two equally necessary sectors: the academic program and the clinical program.