Master of Science

  • Through coursework and extensive hands-on clinical experience, gain knowledge and skills to evaluate, treat, and advocate for people with communication and swallowing disorders. 
  • Opportunities for inter-professional collaboration and practicum experiences across ages, disorders, and settings. 
  • Individualized program based on your interests — such as to work in a medical setting, school, or developmental disabilities program — and on your educational background, to prepare you to fulfill American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification standards.
  • Nazareth’s speech-language pathology graduate program is nationally accredited by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2220 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by ASHA, and to apply for licensing and teacher certification by the New York State Education Department.

Program Options

  • Traditional program (51 credits) is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or equivalent). Complete the program in two calendar years full-time.
  • Extended program (minimum 81 credits) is ideal for students with a degree from another major. This option includes taking undergraduate foundational courses. Typically completed in three calendar years full-time.

Career Information

Graduate's Perspective

"The graduate program in speech-language pathology is full of amazing opportunities in all aspects of the field, from classes to placements and even community outreach programs! The professors are always supportive, positive and encouraging. I would recommend Nazareth's graduate program to any speech-language pathology student in a heartbeat!"

Jaime Campbell '14, speech-language pathologist at Hill Haven Transitional Care Center in Webster, N.Y.

"The professors both challenged and supported me. They encouraged civic engagement experiences, which not only made the coursework more meaningful, but also provided me with a diverse skillset that allowed me to co-present at an international conference, work with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and create a hearing screening program in Ecuador. The combination of clinical experiences and interprofessional collaboration prepared me for my professional work locally and globally

Anne Marie LaFave '13, '15G, speech-language pathologist for the Rochester City School District

What to Expect
  • Extensive clinical opportunities through on-campus clinics, community outreach programs, and a wide variety of external practical settings and student teaching settings. On-campus options include Language and Literacy Clinic, Speech and Hearing Clinic and Auditory Processing Clinic.
  • Supportive, accessible faculty members are licensed, experienced as practitioners and instructors, and have a variety of research interests.
  • Strong academic curriculum with a wide range of course offerings, including current topics and specialty areas. Concentrations offered in deafness and in autism.
  • Nazareth's York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute opened in 2015, doubling on-campus clinic space, increasing research opportunities, and enhancing inter-professional collaboration across Nazareth's School of Health and Human Services and School of Education.
  • Study abroad option: Work with deaf children and young adults in Ethiopia.

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Speech Pathology at Nazareth College

    Program Directors

    Lisa Durant-Jones

    Lisa Durant-Jones

    Professor / Graduate Program Director in Communication Sciences & Disorders
    York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 227

    Education: Ed.D. in teaching and curriculum, University of Rochester; M.S. Speech Pathology, Columbia University; B.S. Communication Disorders, College of St. Rose

    Teaching and Research Interests: interprofessional curriculum development, supervision, multicultural issues, and neurogenic disorders

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    Dawn K. Vogler-Elias

    Dawn K. Vogler-Elias

    Associate Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders
    York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 256

    Education: Ph.D. Communication Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo; M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, University at Buffalo; B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University

    Teaching and Research Interests: Assessment and intervention of language and social communication for children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.

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