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MA in Speech-Language Pathology Program Description

Hofstra University’s master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to become professional, competent clinicians who provide services to children and adults with communication disorders. The program is designed to meet the standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, including preschools, special education programs, public and private schools, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, developmental centers, acute and sub-acute care settings, and private practices. Our academic and clinical programs prepare graduate students to evaluate and treat communication and swallowing disorders in individuals throughout the life span.

The MA is a 52 credit program. The curriculum includes course work in basic communication processes and communicative development across the lifespan; the nature of communication and swallowing disorders and differences; principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention; professional and ethical standards of conduct; principles of research and evidence-based practice; and knowledge of contemporary professional issues.

Clinical work and laboratory experiences complement academic course work. All students complete an initial clinical practicum at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, which houses the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The Clinic is a full service center which offers assessment and treatment services for individuals with a wide range of communication disorders. The Clinic is staffed by certified audiologists and speech-language pathologists who provide intensive supervision of student interns. Students also complete external clinical placements in educational, pediatric, and/or adult settings. These clinical experiences are designed to build student competencies in the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of communication disorders across the lifespan.

The MA program offers students two options:

  • Option 1 MA in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Option 2 MA in Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification as Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD)

Students taking Option 1 complete a minimum of 52 semester hours of graduate work taken within the department. Students taking Option 2 complete all requirements for Option 1 plus an additional 5 semester hours of course work for a minimum of 57 semester hours.  Students who have not completed an undergraduate level course in aural rehabilitation are required to do so during their graduate program of study.  All students are required to complete 25 hours of supervised clinical observation prior to registering for graduate clinical practica.  A minimum of 375 of clinical contact hours are obtained at the graduate level.