Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

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.


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


Communication to its fullest potential


The master’s (MS) education program in speech-language pathology and the doctoral (AuD) education program in audiology at Northeastern University are 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.

MS Program 2015/2016 2014/2015 2013/2014
Program Completion 98% (41/42) 100% (39/39) 97% (62/64)
Praxis Pass Rate 100% (41/41) 100% (39/39) 100% (62/62)
Job Placement 100% (41/41) 100% (39/39) 100% (62/62)
AuD Program 2015/2016 2014/2015 2013/2014
Program Completion 78% (7/9) 33% (1/3) 89% (8/9)
Praxis Pass Rate 100% (7/7) 100% (1/1) 100% (8/8)
Job Placement 100% (7/7) 100% (1/1) 100% (8/8)
Academic Years 2014-2017 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 nine tenure-track and four full-time clinical faculty members and one full-time Cooperative Education faculty member. The department employs part-time instructors to teach up to five courses in a given semester. All academic faculty members (four full, three associate, two assistant professors) hold doctorates (eight PhD, one ScD); five 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 offers an undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders, a masters in speech-language pathology, and a clinical doctorate of audiology. Along with other units, CSD is part of two interprofessional certificate programs (Early Intervention and Aging). 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 Department of Electrical and Computer 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.


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


Communication to its fullest potential


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

  1. 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.
  2. Diversity – celebrating diversity in all its forms and fostering a culture of respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, which is the professional organization that accredits our professional training programs through its 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. Bring together academic and research faculty into research workgroups
  2. Foster research connections with Speech-Language and Hearing Center
  3. Increase extramural funding through faculty mentoring, training sessions, and task groups
  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

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

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

  1. Develop flexibility both of program length via scheduling of clinical experiences or online/hybrid options for coursework
  2. Co-develop with other Bouvé units interprofessional instructional modules that make use of the Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite (Sim Center)
  3. Create additional points-of-contact in curriculum between MS/SLP and AuD programs
  4. Develop national and global alternatives for clinical placements (both for MS/SLP and AuD programs)
  5. 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

  1. Develop curriculum offerings that will expose greater numbers of students to the scope of scientific inquiry and professional practice in our field, including Level 1 core and other core courses, creating a minor in communication sciences and disorders, or half majors
  2. Increase co-op opportunities nationally and internationally as needed
  3. Increase the interaction between faculty and students (for example, through guest lectures, lab tours, informal gatherings)
  4. Develop marketing materials through web, twitter, and social media outlets
  5. Ensure that audiology content is more visible in promotion efforts
  6. 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:

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

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