Speeach Language Disabilities (SLD) Major

This major prepares you for graduate study in either Speech Language Pathology or Audiology. A unique feature of this major is a requirement to complete a full semester of work in a secondary school working directly with a licensed, certified, Speech Language Pathologist. This School-based Clinical experience is full time and students take no additional classes while participating in this experience (12 credit hours). Upon successful completion of the SLD major, you'll be prepared to sit for a New York State provisional certification examination which allows you to work as a Teacher of Students with Speech Language Disabilities (TSSLD) in New York State. Some students may choose to work in a school-based setting prior to beginning graduate study. It is important to note that the provisional certification is only valid for a period of five years post your baccalaureate graduation. Also, you can easily change between the SLD and SPH majors.

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Speech & Hearing Science (SPH) Major

This major prepares you for graduate study in either Speech Language Pathology or Audiology. You'll be required to complete a part-time Career Related Internship experience. This is often the best choice if you are looking to enter graduate school immediately after completing your baccalaureate degree, you have no interest in working in a school-based setting, or you don't plan to remain in New York State after completing your course of study at Elmira College. You can easily change between the SLD and SPH majors.

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Speech & Hearing Science (SPH) Minor

The Speech and Hearing Science minor is an excellent choice even if you are pursuing another career field. For example, if you plan to become an educator at the secondary school level, understanding normal communication development and the disorders or delays which may occur is highly valuable. Or, if you're planning to enter healthcare, such as medical school or nursing, this minor will provide valuable information that can assist you when working with children and adults with communication disorders such as hearing impairment, or expressive or receptive communication disabilities.

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