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. 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

  • Our graduates typically have a 100 percent pass rate on the Praxis examination.
  • Our graduates typically report 100 percent employment rates after graduation.
  • For more details: Speech-Language Pathology program outcome statistics. 

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.

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 new 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.

Curriculum Examples
  • Methods of Diagnosis of Communication Disorders
  • Neuroanatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication 
  • Feeding and Swallowing Disorders 
  • Voice Disorders 
  • Aphasia and Related Disorders
  • Phonological Process Disorders 
  • Seminar: Developmental Disabilities 
  • Communication Disorders in Multicultural Populations

Program Directors

Lisa Durant-Jones

Lisa Durant-Jones

Professor / Graduate Program Director in Communication Sciences & Disorders
585-389-2775
ldurant4@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 227
Bio

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

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

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Dawn K. Vogler-Elias

Dawn K. Vogler-Elias

Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders
585-389-2770
dvogler9@naz.edu
Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute 256
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Communication Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo; M.S. 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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