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 2021-2026 Strategic Plan
Strategic Theme 1: to increase graduate student exposure to and experience with varied client types
- Initiative: increase digital promotion of the clinic specifically with discharge planner, rehab coordinators.
- Initiative: to increase number of simulated activities used within course work that meet CAA standards for simulation
- Initiative: to explore initiation of additional support groups to increase counseling skill development in SLP (possible options including dysphagia, child parental support, transgender voice)
- Initiative: to seek a grant to hire a person to supervise more clinical off-campus sites to decrease burden on faculty so they can focus on research, teaching and scholarship
- Initiative: to explore options for a pediatric field experience
- Initiative: to develop a swallowing assessment and treatment lab
Strategic Theme 2: to expand students professional writing skills
- Initiative: Provide standardized templates for the clinic so students can focus on providing rationale for goal
- Initiative: to expand report writing to include written rationale for goals and functional application
Strategic Theme 3: to increase acceptance level of high-quality applicants in the graduate program
- Initiative: to explore program delivery options supportive of a strong graduate cohort
from UG to Grad
- to determine retention rate of students in 4-2, 3-2, and 5 year programs
- to assess website clarity on options
- Initiative: to determine viability of double dipping grad and UG courses to shorten overall length of program to completion
- Initiative: to explore extra certification/training options that can be completed during grad school
Strategic Theme 4: to expand interprofessional experiences
- Initiative: To develop consultation and assessment protocol to increase interprofessional collaboration with audiologist
- Initiative: To expand on and provide more interprofessional collaboration between SLPs and SPED students within the CILLS group
- Initiative: To expand teacher and SLP collaboration during/after screenings
- Initiative: To explore use of grand rounds with other departments on specific cases ie: exercise physiology, athletic training
- Initiative: To explore interdepartmental simulations Nursing trach/vent training, Anatomage activities
Strategic Theme 5: to increase clinical placement options that best meet student training needs
- Initiative: to explore collaboration with other clinical programs to ensure clinical placement options
- Initiative: to explore providing incentives for clinical supervisors and facilities to increase willingness to take externs including use of clinical fees
- Initiative: to explore implementation increased on-campus opportunities for placements