Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Programs
Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Undergraduate Courses and Programs

Undergraduate Courses and Programs

Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center

Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center

Northeastern University Speech-Language and Hearing Center provides assessment, treatment, counseling and referral services to children and adults with hearing, balance, communication and/or swallowing problems. We are dedicated to enhancing prevention and to developing and providing innovative clinical programs to people of all ages. Our full service center is technologically advanced and staffed with licensed speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and graduate students who work collaboratively with families and caregivers to develop individualized treatment plans.

Mission

To understand the science of human communication and promote evidence-based treatment of communication impairments

Vision

Communication to its fullest potential

Accreditation

The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at Northeastern University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Student Outcome Data

PRAXIS PASS RATE
Praxis examination pass rates for the previous three periods/testing cycles for graduates of the MS SLP program based on available ETS data.

Academic year # Taking exam # Passed exam % Passed exam rate
2020-2021 39 39 100%
2019-2020 32 32 100%
2018-2019 44 44 100%

EMPLOYMENT RATE
Number and percentage of MS SLP graduates who have been employed in the profession within one year of graduation

Academic year Number of graduates Percent of graduates
2019-2020 32 100%
2018-2019 44 100%
2017-2018 48 100%

PROGRAM COMPLETION RATE
An average program completion rate for graduate students in the last 3 years in relation to program’s published expectation for length of time for students to complete the degree, based on enrollment data.

3-year average program completion rate=94.62%

Academic Year Completed within expected time frame Not completed within expected time frame Not completed Completion rate
2020-2021 53 1 0 98%
2019-2020 29 3 0 91%
2018-2019 41 3 0 93%
Academic Years 2017-2020 Strategic Plan

The Three-Year Vision and Plan

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is housed within the School of Health Professions, which is one of three in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. CSD has seven tenure-track and four full-time clinical faculty members. All academic faculty members (four full, one associate, two assistant professors) hold doctorates (eight PhD, one ScD); four of the academic faculty and the entire full-time clinical faculty hold appropriate professional degrees and certifications (e.g., AuD, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CCC-A). Academic faculty members conduct research and teach, and most apply a portion of their effort on extramurally funded research grants or contracts. Clinical faculty members focus on classroom and clinical teaching and training, while also contributing to scholarly research and dissemination of information within their profession. All faculty members are actively engaged in service to the department, Bouvé College, the University and wider community.

Programs and associated research activities in CSD have been designed to meet the department’s scope. CSD accepts students into an undergraduate minor in communication sciences and disorders, a clinical minor in speech-language pathology and audiology, and a master’s program in speech-language pathology. Along with other units, CSD is part of two interprofessional certificate programs (Early Intervention and Aging). There is also a Clinical Doctorate of Audiology program which is teaching students until 2020, but is no longer accepting new applicants. Having the Department housed in a college of health sciences represents a unique opportunity for expanding the scope of its research and teaching activities in order to include related domains of communication sciences within the College’s health sciences mission. Additional opportunities for interdisciplinary research and education are afforded through faculty affiliations with units outside of Bouvé, including Psychology, the College of Computer and Information Sciences, and the College of Engineering,

 This strategic plan addresses our shared vision and goals as a department, and each faculty member brings a unique perspective, skill set, and focus to our community’s engagement with our goals.

Mission

To understand the science of human communication and promote evidence-based treatment of communication impairments.

Vision

Communication to its fullest potential.

Values

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders embraces and upholds the University’s core values of:

Contribution seeking to contribute to the scientific base for the individual fulfillment of each member of the campus, to the welfare of the surrounding communities in order to provide and to solutions that will address global and societal needs.

Diversity celebrating diversity in all its forms and fostering a culture of respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community.

Engagement promoting active engagement in teaching and learning, in scholarship and research, in the life of urban communities and with our alumni and friends.

Integrity pursuing each of its activities and interactions with integrity, always maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Opportunity providing opportunities to those who strive to overcome disadvantages and show great promise for future success.

All Department faculty and students guide their professional conduct according to the Core Values of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (our professional training programs are accredited through the Council on Academic Accreditation):

Excellence
Integrity
Diversity
Commitment
Responsive
Member-centric
Research-based

Areas of Excellence

  • Personalized Assistive Communication
  • Neurodevelopmental Communication Science

Strategic Goals

Goal 1. To advance research that is informed by needs of those with communication differences and disorders, translates to clinical practice, and improves quality of life across the lifespan.

1.1 Bring together academic and research faculty into research workgroups

1.2 Foster research connections with Speech-Language and Hearing Center

1.3 Increase extramural funding through faculty mentoring, training sessions, and task groups

1.4 Increase interaction between clinical and academic faculty to focus on clinically-based research opportunities

Goal 2: To reciprocally bridge research and education to prepare graduates to advance the department’s mission.
2.1 Develop foundations for a new PhD program in communication sciences and disorders that is interdisciplinary/interprofessional in its approach

  • Develop key areas of research/training emphasis (e.g., Assistive Communication Technology, Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Perform a market analysis for securing funding to support PhD students
  • Hire research-active full-time faculty
  • Build local and international network of part-time faculty who participate in research
  • Foster graduate student research groups

2.2 Enhance the students’ experience of professional graduate education in MS/SLP and AuD programs

  • Develop flexibility both of program length via scheduling of clinical experiences or online/hybrid options for coursework
  • Co-develop with other Bouvé units interprofessional instructional modules that make use of the Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite (Sim Center)
  • Develop national and global alternatives for clinical placements for the MS/SLP and the AuD programs
  • Develop new areas of specialization and strengthen existing areas within the Speech-Language and Hearing Center (e.g., accent modification or parent-child playgroups) to broaden client base and provide more diverse opportunities for training and research

2.3 Maximize the students’ experience of Departmental undergraduate education

  • Maximize the visibility of the CSD and SLPA minors to allow for interdisciplinary students to access the Department’s undergraduate curriculum
  • Increase the interaction between faculty and students (for example, through guest lectures, lab tours, informal gatherings)
  • Develop marketing materials through web, twitter, and social media outlets
  • Increase involvement of undergraduates in research

Goal 3: To strengthen engagement of the department and its stakeholder groups
3.1 Increase the department’s role and visibility within Bouvé and the university (interprofessional training)

3.2 Expand and strengthen relationships with the community of patients/clients (including those seen in the Speech-Language and Hearing Center)

3.3 Build engagement with wider community through symposia, volunteer events, social media. Specific steps include:

  • Develop an annual report of our faculty and students’ accomplishments for local, national, and international distribution
  • Send e-mail briefs to department chairs nationally on an annual basis to highlight accomplishments of our faculty and students
  • Invite select Department Chairs from other universities to give guest lectures.
  • Publicize our graduate and undergraduate minor programs in local media (e.g., print, web, radio, metro)
  • Increase the number of students applying for local, national/international awards (e.g., ASHA’s SPARC award: Students Preparing for Academic Research Careers.)
  • Create a travel award fellowship competition for student researchers who present papers at state, national/international meetings
  • Increase the number of invited and contributed talks given by our faculty members
  • Secure financial support for national and international student placement opportunities and adequate faculty support to achieve and maintain such placements

Goal 4: To sustain a collegial environment that engages diverse perspectives, supports collaborative efforts, advances common interests, and promotes communication to advance our unit goals.

4.1 Encourage engagement between clinical and academic faculty members, through periodic events that explore common points of contact related to different points of emphasis in professional scope

4.2 Explore co-teaching of courses, so that faculty can better learn about each other while students benefit from a diversity of perspectives within a course

4.3 Foster a transparent process for valuing diversity of views in professional planning and procedures