Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Announcements

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).

Contact information:
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 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs-Speech/Language Pathology was approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in July 2006 for implementation on January 1, 2008.

Standard 1.7 requires programs to provide information about the program that is current, accurate, and readily available. One aspect of that information is program data on student outcome measures. The data that must be available to the public are: program completion rates, Praxis* examination pass rates, and employment rates. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is very proud of its students performance 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.

Year Admitted # Admitted Year of graduation # 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
2010 15 2012 14 1 0 93%
2009 28 2011 28 0 0 100%
2008 18 2010 19 0 1 94%
2007 21 2009 21 0 0 100%

PRAXIS Examiniation Pass Rates

*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.

Academic Year # taking exam # passing exam (first administration) # passing exam (second administration) % passing
2011-2012 14 14 n/a 100%
2010-2011 28 27 1 100%
2009-2010 19 19 n/a 100%
2008-2009 21 21 n/a 100%

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 year after their graduation.

Year of Graduation # of Graduates % unemployed in profession % employed in profession
2012 14 data not available until after graduation – 8/7/2012
2011 28 0 100%
2010 19 0 100%
2009 21 0% 100%

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.

Department Goals and Objectives

Updated July 26, 2012