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ABOUT QUEENS COLLEGE
Queens College is one of ten senior colleges of the City University of New York. More than 18,000 students attend classes here. The campus is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway (exit 24) and Kissena Boulevard on a 76 acre, landscaped campus in a residential area of Flushing. The College is easily accessible by public transportation.
The faculty and staff of the Speech-Language Pathology program are part of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders. The faculty have expertise across a broad spectrum of communication disorders and sciences, and extensive experience in working professionally with children and adults exhibiting a variety of communication disorders (e.g., language and language-learning disorders, language delay, autism, phonological disorders, adult aphasia, developmental and acquired dysarthrias, reading and writing disorders, apraxia, dysphagia, voice and fluency disorders, laryngectomee). Many faculty members are recognized experts in their area, and have received many of highest awards in the profession at the state and national levels (e.g., American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): Honors of the Association; Fellow); Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), (e.g. Honors of the Association; Distinguished Service); New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA): Honors of the Association: Distinguished Achievement; Outstanding Clinician Award).
The graduate program requires two years of full-time study including one summer session. Students begin in the fall semester only. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is approved by the New York State Department of Education. Students completing the program fulfill the academic and practicum requirements for ASHA clinical certification in Speech-Language Pathology; professional licensure in New York State in Speech-Language Pathology; and entry-level certification as Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities in New York State. During the past five years, graduates of the Speech-Language Pathology program have achieved a 100% passing rate on the ETS Praxis examination, 100% full-time employment rate, and 100% completion of the program within two years.
A major feature of the program is its highly individualized and personal approach. Classes are small and taught by an exceptional faculty who are readily available to students. Most members of the faculty are actively involved in one-to-one clinical mentorship in addition to classroom teaching. Each entering class follows the same course sequence and as such becomes a close-knit, learning group.
The graduate program offers a wide range of clinical and academic experiences during the four semesters and one summer of full-time study. In addition to formal coursework, students attend weekly clinical seminars that are carefully arranged to provide preparation in diagnostic and clinical methodology. During these seminars, students are also exposed to contemporary issues, including ethical concerns, state and national priorities, and other critical professional issues.
During the first year, students complete all of their clinical experience at the Queens College, Speech-Language Hearing Center located in the Gertz Building on campus. They are assigned to work with at least two or three faculty clinical supervisors per semester who assume direct responsibility for the client. Students are gradually integrated into the therapy program. In addition to one to one, 100% supervision, students are assigned to weekly mentorship sessions with clinical supervisors in order to review and discuss treatment plans, procedures and outcomes. During the first year, classes are held in the morning so that students can do clinical practice during the afternoon and early evening.
During the second year, students are assigned to at least two additional, off-campus clinical sites. The program has practicum contract with highly respected hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school districts and special education preschools and specialized schools. All students complete a practicum in a school setting. The second off-campus assignment is usually an adult facility such as a medical or rehabilitation center. Students have the option of an additional off-site practicum. Classes are held in the evening across the second year.
The Queens College Speech-Language-Hearing Center is in a one-story building in an accessible and conveniently located part of the Queens College campus. The Center houses the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, the Speech-Language-Hearing Center, and offices for most of the program’s faculty. The Center also serves as a laboratory for undergraduate students in communication sciences and disorders and faculty doing applied clinical research.
The Center contains a large seminar and conference room, a student lounge and library, study areas, and a well-equipped computer and video laboratory for student use. There are six, well-designed rooms used primarily for clinical teaching. Two of the rooms permit direct DVD recording. All are equipped with one-way mirrors and audio for observations. The program houses a comprehensive collection of the latest testing and teaching materials as well as specialized equipment (e.g., state of the art augmentative communication devices, speech/ voice assessment instrumentation, and video editing bank).
The Speech-Language-Hearing Center serves a varied population of children and adults with communication disorders. Services are available Monday – Friday until 7 p.m. All clients are assigned to ASHA and NYS clinically certified faculty who provide direct assessment and treatment services along with one-to-one clinical mentorship for assigned students. Those wanting to inquire about services may contact the Center weekdays at (718) 997-2946.
The Augmentative Communication program which is part of the Speech-Language-Hearing Center treats children and adults with severe speech and language disabilities who can benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) modes. This includes persons with severe physical disabilities, language and phonological disorders, or cognitive deficits who do not have adequate spoken language abilities to meet their daily communication needs. AAC intervention enhances communication through the use of signs, symbolic gestures, language boards, and computerized communication devices. Clients also receive speech and language treatment to help them optimize their communication skills. Students work alongside faculty in both assessment and treatment with one-on-one direct supervision. The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art communication devices and computers. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with this equipment and learn how to adapt technology to meet individual communication needs.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Center also houses the Pre-School Language Program. This was developed to address the needs of young children between the ages of two and three who are experiencing delays in the development of speech, language, and communication. Each year , three or four children are enrolled in the program. Each child receives therapy and participates in a small group interaction two times a week. The group session follows the schedule of a typical pre-school program, including activities such as music time, book reading, free play, and snack. The parents of the children participate directly in the sessions, eventually observing from an adjoining room. The underlying philosophy of the program rests on the assumption that for young children, a developmental approach to facilitating language acquisition is the model of choice.
Students are assigned to externships after they have completed two semesters of clinical practice at the College's Speech and Hearing Center. Externships are selected from a variety of highly respected programs in the greater New York area, including Beth Israel Medical Center; St. Vincent's Medical Center; North Shore University medical Center; Long Island Jewish Medical Center; Stepping Stones Day School; Mineola, Merrick and Smithtown Public Schools.
Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology
Page updated 08/02/2008.