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Speech Pathology and Audiology

Academic Program Coordinator
Professor Elizabeth Rosenzweig

The Speech Pathology and Audiology Program at Stern College for Women is an exciting baccalaureate degree program designed to prepare students for advanced graduate programs, with an ultimate goal of qualifying for national certification and appropriate licenses so that they may help children and adults with speech, language, voice, swallowing, balance and hearing disorders.

Speech pathology and/or audiology professionals work with the full range of communication disorders, from development of hearing, language learning and processing, balance, language and speech production, through the loss of these skills from trauma, disease or aging.

The courses at Stern College are presented sequentially, with a natural progression from basic sciences to clinical coursework introducing the tools for evaluative and rehabilitative strategies.

The program has an active Speech Pathology/Audiology Club that presents speakers on various topics, provides public information to the general school population and offers a forum from which our students can address other issues of interest.

There is also a Speech Pathology/Audiology Journal, with material written, edited and published by students, adding to their own credentials and enhancing the Stern College experience. This year's edition of Speech Pathology/Audiology Journal has just been published and may be found here (PDF)

Click here for an overview of recent student accomplishments in STEM (PDF).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department is to prepare students for admission to advanced, graduate study in the fields of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology by helping a student develop a knowledge of the underlying anatomy, physiology, physics and philosophies of the speech, hearing and language mechanisms, their development and impairment.

Program Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will understand the normal development of language.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate basic language and hearing function.
  3. Students will be able to know basic anatomy and physiology of the speech/voice hearing. mechanisms.
  4. Students will be able to appreciate processes that impair these normal functions.

Yeshiva University offers a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The Master's (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at The Katz School of Science and Health, Yeshiva University is a Candidate for Accreditation (August 1, 2016-July 30, 2021) 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. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or merging programs for a maximum period of five years. Award of candidacy allows the program to matriculate students into the program as it continues to document compliance with accreditation standards for the duration of the candidacy accreditation cycle. 

Program Information

Please see the Schedule of Classes for the current semester’s offerings.

Speech Pathology/Audiology (SPAU)

  • 3000 Survey of Communication Disorders 3 credits
    Overview of the scope of speech-language pathology/audiology practice and professions, including pediatric phonological, motor-speech, and language development and disorders; adult neurogenic communication disorders; disorders of voice, fluency, and hearing, and an introduction to counseling. Orientation to research in the field of communications disorders and to writing in APA research style.
  • 3001 Development of Speech and Language 3 credits
    Processes and products of typical language development from infancy to  childhood; the development of early communication in the context of cognitive, social, physical, and emotional growth before and after first words, first sentences, and nascent conversations. Cultural and individual differences in language development. Continuation of student experience with research and academic writing in the field of communications disorders.
  • 3011 The Speech Mechanism 3 credits
    Anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the respiratory, voice and speech mechanisms. Normal and abnormal development and function considered in relation to speech articulatory, voice and language development and performance.
  • 3012 The Hearing Mechanism 3 credits
    Anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the hearing mechanism. Normal and abnormal development and function considered in relation to speech and language development and performance and auditory function. Theories of hearing, acoustics, and psychoacoustics with consideration of underlying concepts and implications to function.
  • 3015 Introduction to Speech Science 3 credits
    Acoustical components of speech and their physiological correlates; information-bearing elements in the speech signal and their acoustic/auditory perceptual processing; theories of voice production; speech spectrography and other instrumentation as analysis tools.
    Prerequisites: SPAU 3001, SPAU 3112.
  • 3024 Communication Disorders in Adults 3 credits
    Acquired “neurogenic” language, speech, and swallowing disorders  in adults, including those associated with stroke and progressive pathologies such as Parkinsonism; including aphasia, right hemisphere injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, apraxia, dysarthria, dementia, and dysphagia. Further discussion of fluency and voice disorders in adults. Culmination of undergraduate experience engaging in research and academic writing in the field of communication disorders.
    Prerequisites: SPAU 3001, SPAU 3025.
  • 3025 Communication Disorders in Children 3 credits
    Etiologies of and treatment for developmental language disorders, language-based learning dis-abilities; reading development and language-based reading disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, pediatric motor-speech disorders, disfluency, hearing loss, and syndromes (including Down syndrome), and exploration of the association  between  developmental disabilities (such as  autistic spectrum disorder and intellectual disability) and developmental  speech-language delay and disorder. Continuation of student experience engaging in research and academic writing in the field of communications disorders.
    Prerequisites: SPAU 3001, SPAU 3012.
  • 3033 Audiology I 3 credits
    Basic audiologic procedures, including pure tone, speech audiometry; masking; physiologic testing I—impedance/admittance, otoacoustic emission; basic etiologies and differential diagnoses for disorders of hearing; special populations including pediatric and functional testing.
    Prerequisite: SPAU 3012.
  • 3034 Audiology II 3 credits
    Diagnostic aspects of audiology, stressing site-of-lesion testing, evaluation of vestibular function, advanced speech audiometry, central testing, non-organic hearing loss; evoked potential procedures, industrial audiology.
    Prerequisite: SPAU 3033.
  • 3112 Phonetics 3 credits
    Analysis of American English speech sounds and their variations; articulatory and physiological aspects of phonetics; acoustic phonetics and perceptual phonetics; phonetic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • 3320 Aural Rehabilitation 3 credits
    Types and application of amplification, auditory training, and other communication tools for the hearing-impaired; special problems of the pediatric and geriatric populations. Prerequisite: SPAU 3033.
  • 3331; 3332 American Sign Language I, II 2 credits
    Basic instruction and practice in sign language as used by the hearing-impaired and as an augmentative system to facilitate communication for other communicatively challenged individuals.
  • 3940 Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders 2 credits
    Students observe speech and language and audiological evaluations. Therapy sessions at community speech and hearing clinics. (lecture: 1 hour; observation: 30 hours) Laboratory fee: $75.
    Prerequisites: SPAU 3024, SPAU 3033


Thirty-five credits in SPAU courses as follows: 3000, 3001, 3011, 3012, 3015, 3024, 3025, 3033, 3034, 3112, 3320, 3940; PSYC 1010; STAT 1021; and BIOL 1005C.

A physical science course is also required.

For more details about the Speech and Audiology major and minor - see the factsheet at the Academic Advisement webpage.

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