Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida Atlantic University was established and approved by the Florida Board of Regents in July 1985. The student body has grown from its original class of nine to a current census of over 50 students. The program received its initial accreditation in 1994.
The master's degree education program in speech-language pathology at Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, Maryland 20850
800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700
About the Department
The CAA voted at its February 2016 meeting to approve revisions to the Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology after consideration of all comments received during the Fall 2015 peer review. All changes will become effective August 1, 2017.
Standard 1.9 requires that the program provides information about the program and the institution to students and to the public that is current, accurate, and readily available. One aspect of that information is student outcome measures. The data that must be available to the public are: program completion rates, Praxis* examination pass rates, and employment rates for each of the three (3) most recently completed academic years. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is very proud of its students’ performances on these benchmarks.
*Praxis is the National Examination in Speech Pathology and Audiology (NESPA). All students must obtain a passing score (currently 600) to receive the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Program Completion Rates
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Master’s degree program is designed as a full-time program. Students attending full-time are expected to complete the program in 2 years (6 semesters) of continuous attendance. Because not all students are able to attend full-time, the program offers two part-time course rotations, taking three years and 4 years respectively.
|Period||# completing program within expected time frame (2 years full-time/3-4 years part-time)||# not completing within expected time frame||# not completing||% completing within expected time frame|
PRAXIS II Examiniation Pass Rates
*Praxis is the National Examination in Speech Pathology and Audiology (NESPA). All students must obtain a passing score (currently 162) to receive the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
|Academic Year||# taking exam||# passing exam (first administration)||# passing exam (second administration)||% passing|
Employment Rates of Graduates
All program graduates, 100%, who have sought employment in the field have been employed and have remained employed, for at least one year after their graduation.
|Year of Graduation||# of Graduates||% unemployed in profession||% employed in profession|
|2017||23||Data available after graduation|
The department's mission is fourfold:
- To prepare highly qualified, capable, ethical professionals who will engage in reflective decision-making and promote and sustain authentic change, excellence, and equity, as well as exceeding the Department's and ASHA's guidelines for clinical and academic preparation in speech-language pathology;
- To engage in research of the normal and abnormal processes of speech, hearing, and language towards the furthering of both clinical and academic knowledge reflecting the diversity and needs of a global society while considering current methodologies and incorporating current technology;
- To provide quality speech, language, and hearing diagnostic and habilitation/ rehabilitation services to all FAU students, staff, and faculty and to any individual outside of the FAU community requiring such services;
- To act as a resource for the University, as well as for local, state, national, and international communities, by serving as consultants, liaisons, lecturers, facilitators, master clinicians, and authorities in the various areas of communication disorders.