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The Speech@NYU curriculum offers a diverse set of courses, ensuring you receive the comprehensive education you need to treat a variety of communication and swallowing disorders as a speech-language pathologist.

Foundation Courses

If you have not completed certain undergraduate courses (earning a B- or better) prior to enrolling in the program, you may be required to complete up to 14 credits of additional foundation course work. We offer these courses online to prepare you for the graduate-level courses.

The required foundation courses are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Swallow Mechanism – 2 Credits
  • Neurological Bases of Cognition, Behavior, and Communication – 2 Credits
  • Introduction to Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation – 2 Credits
  • Phonetics – 2 Credits
  • Science of Language – 2 Credits
  • Language Development and Disorders in Children – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: Neurological Bases of Cognition, Behavior, and Communication; Science of Language)
  • Speech Development and Disorders – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Swallow Mechanism; Phonetics)

Please note: You must complete most of these foundation courses prior to enrolling in graduate-level courses. If you have not taken some or all of the foundation courses listed above, you must complete them in addition to the 48 credits of graduate-level courses required for the master’s degree.

Learn more about foundation courses.

Instrumentation and Research Courses

  • Critical Evaluation of Research in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: None)
  • Speech Science: Instrumentation – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Swallow Mechanism; Phonetics)

Learn more about instrumentation and research courses.

Disorder Courses

  • Motor Speech Disorders – 3 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses. Recommended pre- or corequisites: Adult Language Disorders; Voice Disorders)
  • Adult Language Disorders – 3 Credits (Prerequisites: Neurological Bases of Cognition, Behavior, and Communication; Phonetics; Science of Language)
  • Fluency Disorders – 3 Credits (Pre- or corequisites: Language Disorders in Children; Speech Sound Disorders in Children)
  • Language Disorders in Preschool Children – 3 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Language Disorders in Children; Science of Language)
  • Voice Disorders – 3 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses. Pre- or corequisite: Speech Science: Instrumentation)
  • Language Development and Disorders in School-Aged Children – 3 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Language Disorders in Children)
  • Dysphagia in Children and Adults – 3 Credits (Taken concurrently with Clinical Field Placement III: Treatment. Prerequisites: All foundation courses. Recommended pre- or corequisites: Voice Disorders; Motor Speech Disorders)
  • Principles of Intervention with Speech-Language Disorders – 2 Credits (Taken concurrently with Clinical Practicum II: Diagnostic Assessment and On-Campus Clinical Immersion. Prerequisites: All foundation courses)
  • Speech Sound Disorders in Children – 3 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses)
  • Multicultural Issues in Communicative Sciences and Disorders – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: None)
  • Professional Issues in Communicative Sciences and Disorders – 1 Credit (Prerequisites: None, although this course is taken once the practicum sequence is initiated)

Learn more about disorder courses.

Clinical Courses

  • Clinical Practicum I: Pre-Clinic and On-Campus Clinical Immersion – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses. Pre- or corequisites: Adult Language Disorders; Language Disorders in Children; Speech Sound Disorders in Children)
  • Clinical Practicum II: Diagnostic Assessment and On-Campus Clinical Immersion – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: Clinical Practicum I: Pre-Clinic; On-Campus Clinical Immersion)
  • Clinical Field Placement III: Treatment – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: Clinical Practicum II: Diagnostic Assessment; On-Campus Clinical Immersion)
  • Clinical Field Placement IV: Pediatrics – 1 Credit (Prerequisite: Clinical Field Placement III: Treatment)
  • Clinical Field Placement V: Adults – 1 Credit (Prerequisite: Clinical Field Placement III: Treatment)
  • Clinical Field Placement VI – 1 Credit (Prerequisites: Clinical Field Placement IV: Pediatrics; Clinical Field Placement V: Adults)

Learn more about clinical courses.

Elective Courses

We offer a number of elective courses to complement your Speech-Language Pathology interests; some examples include:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication – 1 Credit (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Language Disorders in Children)
  • Therapeutic Procedures in Speech Pathology: Aphasia – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Adult Language Disorders)
  • Therapeutic Approaches in Speech Pathology: Voice – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Voice Disorders)
  • Language and Communication in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Language Disorders in Children)
  • Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Children – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses)
  • Speech and Swallowing Management for the Medically Complex Child – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Language Disorders in Children)
  • Computerized Analysis of Language Transcripts – 1 Credit (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Language Disorders in Children)
  • Craniofacial Anomalies – 2 Credits (Prerequisites: All foundation courses and Speech Sound Disorders. Corequisite: Voice Disorders)

Learn more about elective courses.

Departmental and Certification Courses

  • Master of Science Seminar – 0 Credits
  • Drug and Alcohol Education, and Child Abuse and School Violence Protection – 0 Credits (This course is taken concurrently with Clinical Practicum I: Pre-Clinic and On-Campus Immersion or Clinical Practicum II: Diagnostic Assessment and On-Campus Clinical Immersion. Offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning)

Learn more about departmental and certification courses.

Additional ASHA and NYU Course Requirements

In addition to the courses listed above, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires you to have transcript credit (which could include course work, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program [CLEP], or examination of equivalency) for each of the following areas: human/animal biological science, physical science, social/behavioral science, and statistics. New York State also requires you to have transcript credit for a language other than English (which could include course work, Advanced Placement, CLEP, or examination of equivalency). You must earn a grade of C or better in each of these courses to be considered by NYU.

These courses can be completed within one year of beginning the program and do not count toward graduate credit for the master’s degree. In addition to transcript credit, you may be required to provide further evidence of meeting this requirement.

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