The mission of the M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Stroudsburg University is to provide an academic and clinical education program which:
- Prepares graduates to earn the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, and
- Serves as a clinical and professional resource to the surrounding community.
The Graduate Program's objectives are:
- The program will ensure that all students meet the academic and clinical education requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
- Academic content of all courses and other learning experiences will reflect the most current, state-of-the-art information.
- Course offerings will be sufficient to allow students to develop competence in all relevant areas of practice in speech-language pathology.
- The program will ensure that each student has the opportunity to explore special interest areas within the field.
- The program will ensure that each student develops the necessary skills for continuing education in the field through formal or informal methods.
The Graduate Program's 2016-2021 Strategic Plan:
Strategic Theme 1 : to increase graduate student exposure to and experience with varied client types
1. Initiative: to trial the use of simulated cases
2. Initiative: to make discharge planners, rehabilitation coordinators, speech-language pathologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, and other physicians aware of clinic services
Strategic Theme 2 : to expand graduate clinician experience with a greater variety of assessment instruments and assessment procedures
1. Initiative: provide opportunities for clinicians to practice administration of tests on undergraduate volunteers
2. Initiative: expand screening and assessment programs and partnerships within the community
3. Initiative: provide opportunities for clinicians to practice bedside clinical evaluations on undergraduate student and pediatric volunteers
Strategic Theme 3 : to expand research conducted in the ESU Speech and Hearing Clinic
1. Initiative: to complete a clinical IRB available for use with case study research
2. Initiative: to increase collaboration among faculty to complete IRBs, grant applications and research projects by creating a research discussion group
3. Initiative: to streamline data management and collection as well as explore technology available to track clinic data