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Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

The communication sciences and disorders program at SUNY Plattsburgh provides an academic and clinical professional education for students whose primary goal is to serve children and adults who have impairments of communication and swallowing.

Our program has a proud history of preparing qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

In order to succeed in these professions students must possess a sincere interest in helping people; personal integrity, self confidence, dependability and a history of academic success; good oral and written communication skills; and good listening skills. Graduate work is necessary for licensure and ASHA certification and is the entry level degree for both professions.

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Our program will put you on track to pursue a career in an exciting, rewarding profession with high job placement rates.

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Among Strongist Professions in U.S.

According to recent employment growth projections, employment for both fields are expected to add many jobs and speech-language pathologists is expected to grow faster than average, with a 21 percent increase through 2024. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook)

29 Percent Job Growth for Audiologists

Employment for audiologists is expected to grow much faster, at a 29 percent increase through 2024, compared to all occupations. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Department Information

  • What does a speech-language pathologist do?

    Speech-language pathologists are professionals concerned with evaluation, treatment and research in human communication and its disorders. They work in various settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, universities, research laboratories, private practice.

    They do many things, including:

    • Help people learn correct production of speech sounds.
    • Assist with developing proper control of the vocal and respiratory systems for correct voice production.
    • Evaluate and help people with swallowing disorders.
    • Assist people who stutter to increase the amount of fluent speech and to cope with their disorder.
    • Assist individuals who have had strokes or suffered other brain trauma relearn language and speech skills.
    • Help individuals with dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) maintain communication skills.
    • Assist children and adolescents with language problems, such as understanding and giving directions, answering and asking questions, understanding and using English grammar, using appropriate social language and conveying ideas to others.
    • Assist individuals with autism spectrum disorders, auditory-language processing disorders, attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, language-based literacy disorders, etc. to improve their communication skills.


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