Communication Sciences and Disorders

B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology


The 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology will prepare you for a career helping people of all ages overcome communication disorders—from young children who stutter to stroke victims struggling to speak again.

Along with a comprehensive liberal arts education, the curriculum offers coursework in normal and disordered communication. Students observe adults and children with speech and/or language disorders in the Jerrold Mark Ladge Speech and Hearing Center located at LIU Post. A limited field-based experience is also available to qualified students. Graduates of this program are ready to advance to master’s-level study and work toward a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association, as well as New York State licensure and certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). The Jerrold Mark Ladge Speech and Hearing Center serves as a training facility for undergraduates to observe the evaluation and/or treatment of children and adults with communication disorders, under supervision by ASHA-certified, New York State-licensed supervisory staff. The center is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic and testing materials. Its clinical services are available to the public. As a candidate for the B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, you will fulfill 45 credits in the Liberal Arts core, 45 credits in Speech and Hearing courses, 14 credits in Education courses, 6 credits in English Composition and 19 credits in electives in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college G.P.A. of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
All applicants can apply for admission to LIU Post at My LIU or by using the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For more information on the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page.

Accreditation

ACCREDITATION & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS



ACCREDITATION
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. Newly admitted students receive information regarding ASHA certification at the orientation meeting at the beginning of each semester. Additional literature about ASHA certification is always available in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders office. Clinical seminars provide ongoing information pertaining to ASHA certification, the ASHA Code of Ethics. Any specific questions pertaining to ASHA certification may be addressed with the Chairperson and faculty members in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders or visit www.asha.org for further information.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

National Student Speech-Language - Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association is a pre-professional organization for undergraduate and graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and related majors. The organization, which has chapters throughout the country, is involved with sponsoring activities at the ASHA conventions, planning drives to raise money for clinical and academic events, informing students about current issues and events in the profession and much more. Membership in NSSLHA provides students with substantially discounted rates for all ASHA journals, and for the initial cost of professional membership.

New York State Speech-Language - Hearing Association (NYSSLHA)
The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association acts as advocate for educational programs, promotes master’s level entry into our field and lobbies for reimbursement and autonomy of professionals in our field. Further, the Association sponsors scholarships, workshops, seminars and the annual convention. Students are encouraged to join our state association at a reduced fee. Join, and reap the benefits.

Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA)
The Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is the largest regional speech-language-hearing association in the country. The Association provides its members with opportunities for increasing knowledge in communication sciences and disorders and promotes high professional standards for its members. It encourages student membership, sponsors numerous conferences each year, and is a local advocate for many professional issues.

Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


SPE 5 Voice and Diction

This course covers the basic theory of voice and speech production and the development of acceptable standards of voice and articulation in ongoing speech. Included is the study of the most typical patterns of American speech and drill materials that emphasize individual improvement.
Every Semester, 3 credits
SPE 51 Phonetics of English
This course is an introduction to phonetic and phonemic structure of American English: sound formulation and dialetic differences. Related acoustic and physiological factors are considered along with broad and narrow IPA transcription.
Prerequisite for all Communication Sciences and Disorders courses.
Every Semester, 3 credits
SPE 63 Introduction to Linguistics and Language Acquisition
The normal process and stages of language acquisition in children from birth to adolescence are described in this course. The relationship between children’s language and children’s perceptual, cognitive and social development are explained.
Fall, 3 credits
SPE 64 The Organization and Administration of a Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in the Elementary and Secondary Schools
A study of speech, language and hearing remediation programs as well as the organizational procedures, professional interrelationships, administrative and professional responsibilities involved in such programs are covered in this course.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63 and 67.
Spring, 3 credits
SPE 65 Introduction to Diagnostic Procedures
Diagnostic methods in speech and language pathology are covered in this course. The interview, the case history, the oral facial, and clinical examination are described. Subjective and objective methods of assessment are introduced. Students become familiar with standardized and non-standardized tests. Spontaneous sampling and analysis are taught.
Prerequisites: SPE 63, 67, 85 and 93.
Fall, 3 credits
SPE 67 Introduction to Language and Articulation Disorders in Children
This course assists the student in identifying disorders or delays in language development. Semantic, syntactic, pragmatic and phonological aspects of language are discussed. Assessment procedures and therapeutic methods are included in the discussions.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63, 84.
Spring, 3 credits
SPE 70 Professional and Scientific Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
This course offers an introduction to syntactic analysis and professional and scientific writing. It is specifically tailored to undergraduate students majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology. This course is designed to provide students with the foundations of grammatical analyses necessary to assess language disorders and the tools to become proficient at writing professional goals and objectives, clinical and scientific reports. The class will familiarize students with the analytical processes involved in syntax analyses and in proofreading clinical and scientific reports. 
Fall and Spring, 3 credits
SPE 82 Introduction to Speech Science
This course is a study of acoustic events and processes involved in speech and language. Information on speech transmission and reception is provided.
Prerequisite: SPE 51.
Spring, 3 credits
SPE 84 Anatomy and Physiology of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Mechanisms
This course is an introduction to anatomical, neurological, and physiological aspects of speech, language, and hearing.
Prerequisites: BIO 7, 8.
Every Semester, 3 credits
SPE 85 Introduction to Articulation Disorders
This course focuses on the nature and treatment of articulation disorders in children. Course content includes a review of articulatory phonetics and the rule-governed system(s) underlying phonological development. Normal phonological development is contrasted with disordered development, and evaluative and treatment procedures are presented.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63, 84.
Fall, 3 credits
SPE 86 Clinical Practicum in Speech Language Pathology
A limited introductory clinical practicum in a private or a public school setting is provided. There is experience in clinical assessment and intervention with preschoolers or school-aged children manifesting communication disorders.
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 to enroll.
Prerequisites: EDU 35J, EDU 35.
Every Semester, 2 credits
SPE 88 Introduction to Neuroanatomy for the Speech-Language Pathologist
This course provides working knowledge of anatomical landmarks of the central nervous system and its physiology. Materials particularly focus on the neurological underpinnings of speech and language.
Prerequisite: SPE 84.
Spring, 3 credits
SPE 90 Introduction to Audiology
This course is a review of anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism. It includes an introduction to the presentation of audiometric tests, discussion and interpretation of test results and a study of elementary hearing problems.
Prerequisite: SPE 84.
Fall, 3 credits
SPE 91 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
This course is an introduction of hearing-aid technology, auditory training and visual speech-reading training in the communicative rehabilitation of the hearing impaired. Communication Sciences and Disorders conservation and patient counseling procedures are discussed.
Prerequisite: SPE 90.
Spring, 3 credits
SPE 92 Management of Hearing Loss in Children: A Developmental Approach
This course is designed as an introduction to the process of audiologic rehabilitation for children with hearing loss. Students will be provided with information necessary to identify the need for rehabilitation services and suggestions for program implementation.
SPE 93 Speech Pathology I
This course covers the introductory work describing speech and language problems and therapy. Emphasis is on problems of language development in the child and related disorders.
Prerequisites: SPE 51, 63.
Fall, 3 credits
SPE 94 Speech Pathology II
This is a survey course of communication disorders with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of neurologically based communication disorders in adults. Disorders include aphasia and related disorders, cerebral palsy, voice disorders and adult fluency disorders.
Prerequisite: SPE 51, 84.
Spring, 3 credits
SPE 95 Introduction to Clinical Research in Communication Disorders
This course is an introduction to clinical research in communication disorders including an understanding of research design and data analysis. Developing skills for critical evaluation of scientific publications is included. Several research designs of current topics in communication disorders are discussed.
Prerequisites: SPE 93, 94.
Fall, 3 credits
SPE 97 American Sign Language II
This course builds on the foundation laid in SPE 98 by expanding the students’ conversational range using American Sign Language. In addition, idiomatic expressions will be covered.
Prerequisite: SPE 98.
Every Semester, 3 credits
SPE 98 American Sign Language I
This course equips students to communicate with deaf, hard of hearing and seriously language-impaired (non-oral) individuals through instruction in American Sign Language.
Every Semester, 3 credits (Elective)
SPE 99 Independent Study
Permission to take this course is based on particular criteria: 1) merit of proposed study; 2) cumulative or major average; 3) maturity of student, i.e., ability to complete such a study. Permission to take this independent course necessitates the signature of the faculty member conducting the study and the department chair. The faculty member directing the project must be qualified in the area designated by the student. The choice of faculty member (with the previous stipulation) is made by the student.
On Occasion, 1-3 credits

With the approval of the department chair and the dean, juniors and seniors may also elect certain graduate courses for undergraduate credit.


EDU 35J Methods and Materials for Speech-Language Therapy

This course focuses on learning theory and its application to the treatment of communication disorders. Students are instructed on the importance of clinical observation, goal setting and data keeping. Through observation of therapy sessions and class projects, students learn techniques used to establish new behaviors, increase, maintain and ultimately generalize desirable communicative behaviors.
Prerequisites: EDU 14, 15A, 16A, 35,SPE 67, 93.
Spring, 3 credits
EDU 35 Methods and Materials: Applications for Speech-Language Therapy
This course introduces the student to basic methods and materials of intervention for individuals with communication disorders. Materials used in speech-language therapy are presented using a " hands-on approach." The decision-making process involved in the development of appropriate long term goals and objectives will be explored as will the steps involved in lesson planning.
Prerequisites: EDU 35J
Fall, 2 credits
PREREQUISITE
SPE 580 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology
This is a graduate level prerequisite survey course designed to provide prospective speech-language pathologists with an overall perspective on the causes, as well as principles of assessment and management of individuals with communication disorders such as speech, language, voice or fluency disturbances related to functional and/or organic disorders. Twenty-five hours of observation is required of the students. Instruction in the current ASHA Code of Ethics is offered.
Graduate level prerequisite course
Fall, 4 Credits

Degree Requirements

The 129-credit Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology will prepare you for a career helping people of all ages overcome communication disorders—from young children who stutter to stroke victims struggling to speak again. Along with a comprehensive liberal arts education, the curriculum offers coursework in normal and disordered communication, as well as limited field-based experiences in the Jerrold Mark Ladge and Hearing Center located at LIU Post. Graduates of this program are ready to advance to master’s-level study and work toward a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association, as well as New York State licensure and certification as a Teacher of Children with Speech and Language Disorders. The Jerrold Mark Ladge and Hearing Center serves as a training facility for undergraduates to observe the evaluation and/or treatment of children and adults with communication disorders, under supervision by ASHA-certified, New York State licensed supervisory staff. The center is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic and testing materials. Its clinical services are available to the public.  As a candidate for the B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, you will fulfill 45 credits in the Liberal Arts core, 45 credits in Speech and Hearing courses, 14 credits in Education courses, 6 credits in English Composition and 19 credits in electives in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

TYPICAL SEQUENCE OF COURSES

FRESHMAN YEAR (33 CREDITS)

SPE 5 3
SPE 51 3
BIO 7 4
ENG 1* 3
CORE 3
COLL 101 1
Total: 17 credits

SOPHOMORE YEAR (36 CREDITS)

SPE 63 3
EDI 14 3
CORE 3
CORE 3
CORE* 3
SPE 70 3
Total: 18 credits

JUNIOR YEAR (33 CREDITS)

SPE 90 3
SPE 93 3
EDI 16A 3
HE 205 3
SPE 85 3
Total: 15 credits

SENIOR YEAR (27 CREDITS)

CORE 3
SPE 65 3
SPE 95* 3
SPE Elec. 2-3
EDU 35 2
Total: 13-14 credits




FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Does LIU Post require supplemental applications?
LIU Post does not require a supplemental application.

Does LIU Post require an essay?
The only essay required for the LIU Post application is the one requested by the CSDCAS application.You will be asked to describe the personal qualities and experiences that make you well suited to the profession of speech-language pathology.

Does LIU Post require letters of recommendation?
LIU Post requires 3 letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to CSDCAS and are accepted electronically ONLY.  The applicant must provide a valid email address when filling out the reference section. 

Does LIU Post require GRE scores?
LIU Post requires GRE scores. The code for submitting GRE scores for your LIU Post CSDCAS application is 1866.

If I’ve take the GRE in the past, can I submit those scores rather than retake the exam?
LIU Post will accept test scores within a 5-year period.

If I have taken courses at more than one university, do I need to send CSDCAS all my transcripts?
Yes, an official transcript for EVERY institution you attended must be sent to CSDCAS, even if the courses and transfer credits are listed on your primary institution’s transcript. This includes courses taken in study abroad programs, if the grades are not reflected on your primary transcript. CSDCAS will not release your application to LIU Post until they receive all official transcripts.  Advanced Placement test scores and transcripts for college courses taken during high school are not required.

If I’ve applied to LIU Post in the past, must I apply through CSDCAS for this September and must I submit all new transcripts, letters and scores?
Yes

Do you accept applications on a rolling basis?
No

Is there an additional fee for applying to LIU Post for the Speech Language Pathology program?
No, the only application fees are those charged by CSDCAS.


Does LIU Post require an interview?

Highly qualified candidates are invited to interview.  A spontaneous writing sample may be required at the time of the interview.

Additional FAQ
CSDCAS posts Frequently Asked Questions on the applicant portal, which can be accessed even before an application is created via this link https://portal.csdcas.org/ 
Please read the FAQs before submitting your application.

Contact Us

Faculty and Staff 

Faculty 

Robert Domingo, Chair
Dr. Robert Domingo, a past president of the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association as Universities and Labs representative, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. He teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises graduate clinicians in a hospital-based clinical practicum in Nassau County. His clinical background includes expertise in adult language habilitation and rehabilitation, motor speech disorders, neuroanatomy, autism and developmental disabilities, swallowing disorders, and alternative and augmentative communication; as well as pediatric language acquisition, phonology and articulation, and school-based language intervention.

Nassima Abdelli-Beruh 
Dr. Nassima Abdelli-Beruh is a speech scientist with a background in experimental and cognitive psychology. She has earned a Ph.D. in speech and hearing sciences from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She acquired a comprehensive background in psychology and neurophysiology at the University of Paris-X and Paris VI in France. She was an assistant professor at NYU for four years before joining the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the C.W. Post Campus in September 2006. Since earning her Ph.D. in 2002, she has developed three research tracks: the first focuses on the production of the voicing contrast by Parisian French; the second is centered on the acoustic underpinnings of the rule of regressive voicing assimilation in French stops, with the aim to explore the phonology-phonetic interface; and the third explores the relationship between language and speech through a series of studies on the acoustic cues to the production and perception of idioms in Parisian French and American English.

John Amato Jr. is a speech-language pathologist with clinical and research experience in the areas of neurogenic-based communication and swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults. Areas of research have included oral motor and oral feeding disorders in preschool children with autism, language and play in preschool children with autism, language and socialization in children with Asperger Syndrome, syndrome identification in children with hypernasal speech disorders, swallowing disorders in Parkinson's disease, the use of sEMG in assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders, and the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in treatment of swallowing disorders in patients with head and neck cancer.

Margaret Laskowski

Dr. Margaret M. Laskowski is an ASHA certified and New York / New Jersey state licensed speech-language pathologist who serves as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Long Island University - Post.  Dr. Laskowski’s over 30 years of clinical experience is broad, serving clients on the continuum from infant to adults.

Lori Newman

Lori M. Newman is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who serves as the Assistant Clinic Director of the Ladge Speech and Hearing Center, as well as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at LIU Post. Her clinical background is in pediatrics with specialty areas in autism spectrum disorder and early childhood development. 

Dianne Slavin 
Disorders of Fluency, Post-Stroke Rehabilitation, Stuttering, Voice and Adult Language


Elizabeth Viccaro

J.M. Ladge Speech & Hearing Center
Joyce Rubenstein, Clinical Director 
Lori Newman, Assistant Clinical Director 
Lucia Larice, Ladge Manager
Myriam Joseph, Secretary 


Administration

Sherry Miller
Secretary
Phone: 516-299-2436
Email: sheryl.miller@liu.edu

Michael Giacalone
Enrollment Services Counselor 
Phone:516-299-2995
Email: Michael.Giacalone@liu.edu



CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean
516-299-2210

post-educate@liu.edu