To understand how children acquire language. To work with children with speech or language difficulties. To understand how people speak, how the inner ear affects balance, and what language means in our lives. Nazareth’s program provides a strong foundation in communication processes and sciences and a grounding in the disorders that can disrupt communication, all of which help students to understand speech, language, hearing, and communication.
The speech and language clinic, established more than 50 years ago, gives students a closely supervised, hands-on clinical experience usually found at the graduate level. Students who successfully complete student teaching and two semesters in the speech and hearing clinic may qualify for initial certification in NYS public schools. Graduates of the undergraduate program have a high acceptance rate into graduate programs in speech pathology or audiology. A pre-audiology minor is available for students who wish to pursue audiology at the graduate level. Nazareth also offers an M.S. in speech-language pathology.
Speech-language pathologist, VA Long Beach Healthcare System
"The pairing of the academic and practicum experiences I had were invaluable; they helped focus where I wanted to be professionally and provided a solid foundation for continued growth post-graduation. The small faculty-to-student ratio allowed strong relationship building with faculty members; as a result, the education I received in the department was truly an individualized experience."