Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences

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The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences offers both baccalaureate and master's degree programs. In addition, the Department's Speech and Hearing Center (located in University Hall on the William Paterson University campus) provides speech-language pathology services to children and adults. The Center is also a primary practicum site for graduate students.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Communication Disorders and Sciences
    The undergraduate program in communication disorders and sciences provides students with the fundamental knowledge related to typical and atypical communication processes across the lifespan.
  • Minor in Communication Disorders and Sciences
    A minor in communication disorders and sciences provides students with a broad overview of the basic undergraduate courses that are required prerequisites for admissions to most graduate programs in communication disorders.
  • MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences
    The MS program in communication disorders and sciences prepares students for careers in speech-language pathology so that they can provide competent and evidence-based service to individuals with communication disorders, across the lifespan. Graduates of the MS program meet the academic and clinical education standards established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and licensing/certification requirements of New Jersey. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The BA degree in communication disorders and sciences provides students with the basic knowledge necessary to enter a master’s program in communication disorders and sciences, a master’s program in a related field (e.g., special education, audiology, etc.), or to pursue employment in a related discipline. The MS degree provides students with a comprehensive education that encompasses an evidence-based approach to the theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of the field of communication sciences and disorders and which also fosters research and scholarship in order to contribute to the knowledge of the profession. Students who successfully complete the MS degree will be eligible for New Jersey licensure to work as a speech-language pathologist.
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Department Spotlight

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For her Honors College thesis, Tonee Burley '16 surveyed students to see if Eurocentric beauty standards and colorism affected perceptions among certain demographics. Burley pursued her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders and sciences and plans to go on for her PhD.