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Speech and Hearing Science BA/Early Childhood Education EdM

(HEGIS: 12.20 SPEECH PATHOLGY&AUDIOLGY, CIP: 51.0204 Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist)

Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

122 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3023

Dr. Bo-Hua Hu
Associate Professor, Interim Chair

Dr. Ahmed Nagy
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Wei Sun
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Learning And Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Michele Brown
Academic Advisor

Why study Speech and Hearing Science BA/Early Childhood Education EdM at UB?

The UB Teach Speech and Hearing/Early Childhood-Childhood Education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a Speech and Hearing BA and an Early Childhood/Childhood Education EdM within five years. It provides you with content expertise in Speech and Hearing while preparing you how to bring classroom lessons to life for children from birth to grade 6.

While in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences you will focus on the development and breakdown of speech, language, and hearing processes. Courses focus on the nature and causes of communicative disorders, the techniques used to assess and diagnose speech, language, and hearing disorders, and the current methods and therapies used to remedy these problems.

The graduate portion of the program you will master the skills needed to become an effective teacher. In the final year teacher residency, you will co-teach alongside an expert teacher to experience the inner workings of the classroom.

At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of biological sciences, physical science, mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and basic communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge across the age span of basic human communication processes related to their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases.
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: recognize and describe normal aspects of the development and use of phonology, receptive and expressive language, fluency, vocal production, resonance, cognition/communication, social communication, and hearing.
  • Demonstrate in standard oral and/or written form the ability to: identify the clinical characteristics of possible etiologies for a variety of communication differences and disorders, cognition/communication, and hearing.

In addition, graduates of the Speech and Hearing Science BA/Early Childhood EdM program will:

  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York pre K–6 schools in rural, suburban and urban settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.

The Learning Environment

The University at Buffalo is a major research university, but our educational and field experiences provide personal learning environments. Learning experiences are guided by engaged faculty who help students realize their teaching potential. Most of the major courses will be taught by academic faculty members who have intensive research and teaching experience. The Department provides multiple teaching formats, including lectures, independent study, clinical laboratory, clinical observations, and internships. Undergraduate courses are typically less than 100 students in size. Instructors and teaching assistants hold regular office hours to help students who need individual assistance.

Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 –18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as remotely. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, one-year placements as teachers in residence will provide comprehensive learning opportunities in a real grade preK - 6 classroom setting.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences houses state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities. The Department’s Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic is the training facility for students who are majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Clinic provides services for hundreds of Western New York residents each year. It has a full spectrum of services including treatment in the areas of child and adult speech and language disorders, voice and swallowing disorders, augmentative communication, hearing loss, tinnitus, and central auditory processing. Community-based clinics also provide training in multicultural speech and language, cochlear implants, augmentative communication, and speech, language and hearing screenings for children and adults. The research facilities include Hearing Research, Motor Speech, Language Learning, Child Language, Computational Language and Memory, and the Communication and Assistive Device Laboratories.

Faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small number of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region preK-6 schools.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences has 23 full time faculty members, including 12 academic and 11 clinical faculty. One of our faculty members received the esteemed rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor and another named Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Our faculty members have expertise in numerous research areas, including noise and ototoxicity-induced hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, augmentative communication technologies, speech production deficits, adult language and memory, child language development and disorders, social communication and interaction, and voice disorders. Faculty members hold a number of research and development grants, and publish research papers in top academic journals. The Department also has numerous adjunct professors who have expertise in various related fields, including audiology, speech and language disorders, human factors, neuroscience, vestibular diagnosis, etc.

Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Communicative Disorders and Sciences department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers from birth to grade 6. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as government agencies.

Academic Advising

Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information openly throughout the student’s academic career.

Academic Advising Contact Information

For undergraduate advisement, contact:
Dr. Ahmed Nagy

For education coursework advisement, contact:
Michele Brown
Academic Advisor, Office of Educator Preparation
302 Baldy Hall

Scholarships and Financial Support

Opportunities for additional funding for research and financial aid are available. CDS students are encouraged to seek research funding to enhance their educational experience.

Awards, Scholarship and Travel Funds

Research Funding

Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:56:36