Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)

DEGREE OFFERED

Speech-Language Pathology Doctorate

CAMPUS OPTIONS

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Fall Semester: June 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The School of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, Union, New Jersey has secured permission to offer a clinical doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology, culminating in a SLPD designation. The program is designed to meet a critical need in New Jersey, nationally and in the discipline. 
 
The proposed clinical doctoral program is designed for post-masters, clinically certified speech-language pathologists. The objective of the program is to prepare advanced practitioners and future university clinical faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders through provision of an affordable, rigorous, high quality clinical doctoral program. The proposed program would have emphasis on the social and cultural aspects of communication sciences and disorders as it applies to both allied health care and educational services to underserved populations. The clinical doctorate is designed to deepen the knowledge, leadership and problem-solving skills of current practitioners with a focus on coursework and applications that incorporate current research, ethical decision-making and models of best practice. The curriculum will provide primary and secondary concentrations of study and an applied research experience that enhances the knowledge and skills required in advanced clinical practice and administration/leadership in educational, medical, rehabilitation and other clinical settings (e.g., coursework, directed teaching, clinical research, etc.).
 
The clinical doctorate will provide: 
 
  1. Advanced knowledge and skills to best prepare master clinicians, clinical instructors, clinical supervisors and clinical researchers; 
  2. The opportunity to specialize in one or two areas within the discipline, unlike the generalist preparation of a master’s degree;
  3. Emphasis on evidence-based practice that will likely stimulate clinical research and improve clinical supervision training and skills;
  4. Parity with other professions. Rehabilitation team leaders increasingly hold doctoral degrees, e.g., DPT, DOT, DNP and AudD. Speech-language pathology is currently the only rehabilitation profession that does not require a clinical doctorate;
  5. Career advancement and leadership opportunities in both educational and medical settings. Such positions are most often held by individuals who hold doctoral degrees;
  6. Increased public and professional awareness, resulting from the title of “doctor,” reflecting the added value of advanced preparation in the discipline. 
 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admissions requirements:
  • A master’s degree in speech-language pathology or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education. 
  • The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • A minimum grade point average for the master’s degree of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. (If the last graduate course was taken more than ten years prior to application and the grade point average is below 3.2, employment history will be taken into account.)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s ability to handle post-master's-level course work, teaching, supervision and research. Preferably letters should be from current or previous employers or from last school attended, or both.
  • Statement of goals and research career interests.
  • Personal interview.
     

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 33 total credits
     

FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS- 6 CREDITS

CDD 6298 Seminar in Research Design and Methodology 3 Credits
CDD 7110 Advanced Statistics I 3 Credits

MAJOR CONTENT AREA* - 9 CREDITS

CDD 7000 Advanced Topics Major Focus: Literature Review 3 Credits
CDD 7001 Advanced Topics Major Focus: Applications 3 Credits
CDD 7002 Advanced Topics Major Focus: Product 3 Credits

MINOR CONTENT AREA*- 6 CREDITS

CDD 7004 Advanced Topics Minor Focus: Literature Review 3 Credits
CDD 7005 Advanced Topics Minor Focus: Applications 3 Credits

* Major and Minor content areas are selected from the following:

  1. Neurodevelopmental disorders/Autism
  2. Acquired language and communication disorders in Adults
  3. Child language disorders/bilingual studies
  4. Hearing impairment
  5. Motor disorders, dysphagia/dysarthria
     

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS- 9 CREDITS

CDD 8000 Advanced Clinical Intervention 3 Credits
CDD 8001 Advanced Clinical Supervision 3 Credits
CDD 8002 Interprofessional Education Seminar 3 Credits

ELECTIVE- 3 CREDITS

5000 or higher
Course must be from a related graduate program and receive approval from faculty advisor.  Suggested areas of study are: Gerontology, Biometrics, Business Management, Healthcare Administration, and School Administration.
3 Credits

TOTAL OF 33 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM
 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

DR. MAHCHID NAMAZI, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
East Campus, Room 106B
T. 908.737.5804
mnamazi@kean.edu

 

Updated 11/22/16