Graduate Speech Language Pathology FAQs

 

Molloy College's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is unique in that it offers students diverse educational experiences within an unparalleled nurturing environment. We offer state-of-the-art technology, individually tailored clinical experiences and research opportunities in a variety of areas, both in and outside of graduate assistantships. We are dedicated to engaging students in a rich experience that integrates theory and practice via evidence based and culturally informed practice and service learning. Highlights of the program include graduate assistantships, coursework
and clinical experiences incorporating use of instrumentation, and understanding the necessary influence of cultural and linguistic diversity within our practice and discipline. Inter-professional education and service learning are both integral elements of the program with local and international opportunities in clinical practice provision for underserved individuals with communication disorders.

 

You can apply to Molloy's M.S. SLP program through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). The Molloy application can be found and completed on the CSDCAS site. That link is here: https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login 

 

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required to apply for the Molloy CSD Master's program in SLP. Coursework requirements to be admitted to our M.S. SLP program are listed below. Usually a good subset of the coursework listed below is offered within a B.S. in SLP/A. If this coursework has not been completed within the Bachelor's degree program, (e.g., for someone not with a B.S. in SLP/A) the prerequisites need to be completed. Applicants to the program not holding a Bachelor's degree in SLP/A are expected to provide evidence of r ongoing coursework and a plan for completing the coursework.

Prerequisite coursework for M.S. in SLP at Molloy CSD:

1.  Speech Language Pathology/ Audiology coursework

a.  Basic communication processes (12 credits with at least one course in each of the
following):

i.  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing mechanism
ii.  Physics of Sound/Hearing Science
iii.  Language Development
iv.  Phonetics

b.  Introductory coursework in Speech-Language Pathology (6 credits)
These courses may differ based on institution, but will cover content pertaining to
different disorders of communication

c.  Introductory course in Audiology/ Hearing disorders (3 credits)

2.  Other coursework

a.  Biological Science (3 credits)
b.  Physics/ Chemistry (3 credits)
c.  Statistics (3 credits)

 

Yes, you will require proof of a Bachelor's degree in any discipline, as well as the necessary prerequisite coursework which may be completed in its entirety prior to, or during the admissions process. The necessary prerequisites are listed above.

The Speech-Language Pathology/ Audiology prerequisite coursework is available online via Molloy College. If you already have a Bachelor's degree in something other than SLP/A or CSD and are looking for a change of career, we offer 7-week long SLP/A Prerequisite courses in a completely online asynchronous fashion all year round. For those who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree, enrollment in our undergraduate courses, is also possible. Advisement will be provided.

 

The Molloy CSD Graduate SLP program is a 2-year full time, in-person program comprised of a minimum of 56 credits. Theoretical coursework involves understanding detailed biological, neurological and psychological underpinnings of human communication in typical and disordered population as well as prevention, assessment and treatment of a variety of communication, feeding and swallowing disorders. Approximately 4 semesters of clinical experience (in-house and externships) are required so that students learn from supervised interaction with clients of various cultural backgrounds as well as with a variety of pediatric, adult and geriatric disorders in a number of different work settings (e.g., school and hospital). The clinical education provided by our program emphasizes evidence based, ethical, culturally and linguistically informed practice.

The course-sequence is predetermined and delivered in a cohort-model. Students take anywhere from 11-16 credits a semester, including the summer and winters between 1st and 2nd year.

 

The Molloy CSD Graduate SLP program is a 2-year full time, in-person degree and is traditionally only available through in-person courses, and clinical experiences with some hybrid courses integrated throughout the curriculum. However, currently, given COVID -19 protocols, a number of courses are being taught in an online synchronous fashion. A typical graduate class and cohort in the M.S. SLP program, is comprised of 20-22 students. Clinical experiences also currently incorporate both face-to-face and telepractice components.

 

Financial aid to students via federal grants and scholarships as well as Graduate Assistantships in the M.S. SLP, and other departments on campus are available to students. Graduate assistantships offer an opportunity to work closely with faculty on their research and teaching, as well as opportunities for travel and conference presentations.

Additional financial aid is possible through grants CSD is part of.

 

The Molloy CSD Graduate SLP program is a 2-year full time, in-person program that requires substantial time commitment. Courses and clinical responsibilities (in-house and externships) span morning, afternoon and evening times Mondays through Saturdays for 5 semesters (2 Fall semesters, 2 Spring semesters, 1 winter (2 weeks), and 1 summer semester).

 

2-3 semesters of supervised clinical experience outside of the Molloy College Speech Language Hearing Center are curated for students individually by our speech center director and the clinical coordinator. Effort goes into students obtaining 400 hours of clinical experience with diverse populations in terms of age (infants to geriatrics), culture and disorders. Clinical educators work very closely with graduate students providing feedback for their in house clinical assessment and treatment sessions as well as work with externship supervisors for students to be able to obtain a rich clinical experience. CSD is well equipped with instrumentation critical to assessment and treatment. Examples include but are not limited to Ultrasound, and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).

 

Students in Molloy's MS SLP program can earn their initial certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). 3 credits in Foundations of Education, and 1 credit addressing SLP in the schools are required for TSSLD certification. This coursework can be taken within the MS program, as it is seamlessly integrated into the course sequence, or it can also be completed at the undergraduate level prior to entering the M.S. program.

After students have earned a New York State teaching certification such as the TSSLD, they become eligible to add a Bilingual Extension to that certification. The necessary coursework for the Bilingual Extension is available through Molloy College Education Program, if students choose to take the coursework at Molloy. Given Molloy M.S. SLP's emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity throughout our program, students are in a good place to specialize in this area.

We are currently in the process of designing additional certificates and badges for specialty areas such as inter-professional education. These would be available to students in the program who choose to complete additional educational opportunities in specific areas and be recognized for that expertise.