The Elmira College undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides students with two routes to the B.S. degree. The non-teaching major, Speech and Hearing (SPH), prepares students for entry into graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The Speech and Language Disabilities (SLD) major leads to the New York State initial teaching certificate in Speech and Language Disabilities. Both options provide students with a sound basis for continued study and ultimately for licensure and/or certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
All faculty hold professional state licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. ASHA guidelines are adhered to in order to prepare students for graduate school and, ultimately, for certification by ASHA. EC’s Speech and Language Disabilities major has been accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
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A most important philosophical principle at the foundation of Elmira’s CSD program is the establishment of a strong theoretical foundation in normal human communication development and disorders, causes, symptoms, and remediation. Another very significant philosophical principle guiding Elmira’s program is the importance of early involvement in the clinical setting. The Elmira College Speech and Hearing Clinic operates to provide observations and clinical practice experiences to students, as well as offering diagnostic and therapeutic services to members of the campus and surrounding communities. Clients range in age from 2 to 80 years and present a variety of communication problems, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental articulation and language problems, aphasia, acquired brain injuries, hearing loss, tinnitus, and auditory processing disorders. The Clinic provides on-going communication therapy to approximately 40 clients per semester while school is in session.
In addition, students who choose the SLD major will participate in a full time 12 credit student teaching experience. During Term I or Term II of the senior year, students are placed in local educational settings under the supervision of cooperating New York State certified speech-language pathologists.
The SPH and SLD majors also participate in audiology clinical practice at least one time during the last two years of the program. The audiology professor/supervisor also provides consistent and attentive supervision to students enrolled in audiology practicum to insure they receive the necessary support during this practical experience.
By the time the student graduates from Elmira, he/she has acquired a considerable amount of experience planning and delivering communication therapy to a wide variety of clients presenting with various disorders.