Communication Disorders and Sciences

Office: W123 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3202
Dr. Kevin Kearns, Chairperson



Important Notification to All Communication Disorders and Sciences Majors

All programs and degree options are held accountable to national standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Any changes made by New York State Board of Regents, CAA, and ASHA have the potential to impact the requirements of the program.

Individuals qualified as Speech-Language Pathologists are in demand in a variety of educational and medical settings. Upon completion of a master's degree, the graduate will complete a Clinical Fellowship (CF) to meet ASHA certification and state licensing requirements. Graduates may elect to work in school settings, hospitals, medical practice groups, rehabilitation agencies or in private practice.

At Fredonia, the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology includes clinical practice, housed in the Henry C. Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders and at 95 possible medical and clinical placements.

Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner—that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.

The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and offers students to meet the: 1) New York State Department of Education academic and practicum requirements for Initial and Professional Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), 2) New York State Department of Education academic and clinical requirements for New York State licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and 3) American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certification of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).


The following scholarships are awarded by the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences: the Esau A. and Susan S. Sam Scholarship, the Schaffer Family Scholarship, the Rebecca Snyder Memorial Scholarship, the Lt. Gen. Louis E. Woods Scholarship, the Henry C. and Ida H. Youngerman Scholarship, Gustave and Geraldine Werner Foundation scholarships, Kristen M. Luther Memorial Scholarship, Constantine Barker Endowment and the Alan Nichter, the Annmarie Woloszyn Nichter Scholarship and the Dr. Kim L. Tillery Scholarship.

Requirements for all Academic Majors

Students must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 to transfer into the program. Students who are at or above 60 credit hours will be advised that a minimum 3.0 GPA is usually required for successful acceptance into a Speech-Language Pathology graduate program.