Additional Program Information
Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disability (TSSLD) Certification
The program is registered with the New York State Education Department to offer Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification. Students who wish to obtain the academic and clinical requisites for Initial TSSLD certification must complete the following requirements in addition to program requirements:
- Twelve credits in Education, which include three credits in Foundations of Education, three credits in Special Education, and six credits in Literacy.
- Thirty-six credits in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology.
- Student Teaching: a minimum of 150 “direct contact” hours.
- Achievement of passing grades on New York State Teacher Certification exams:
- Educating All Students (EAS) test
- Completion of Workshops:
- Child Abuse Identification
- School Violence Prevention
- Human Dignity (DASA)
- Fingerprint Clearance.
Attendance and punctuality in all classes and clinical education assignments is required, unless the student is excused for extenuating and extraordinary life circumstances. A maximum of three undocumented absences from class will result in failure in the course and may jeopardize the student’s standing in the program. Absence from a clinical assignment is subject to the policies and procedures of the Graduate Handbook and Clinic Manual.
A student will be classified as a matriculant when admitted to the CD Program. Students may attend the program on a full-time or part-time basis. However, all students must fulfill a full-time residency requirement of one semester that may be fulfilled during the summer. Students must complete all degree requirements within five years from the time of acceptance. A maximum of six transfer graduate credits comparable to graduate courses offered at Mercy College will be accepted. Request for transfer credit must be made at the time of application. Once matriculated, all graduate courses and clinical hours must be completed at Mercy College.
Maintenance of Good Academic Standing
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses applicable to the degree is required for both good academic standing and degree conferral. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after completion of six credits. Please note, certain graduate programs may have more stringent program policies. Please check the specific program regulations. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation and may be subject to dismissal from the CD program.
Clinical Probation and Continuation
Students who earn a grade of below B in CMDS 620 or CMDS 621 will be placed on Clinical Probation and will have to repeat CMDS 620 or CMDS 621 the following semester. Continuation in the program is contingent upon obtaining a grade of B or above in CMDS 620 and CMDS 621 . Furthermore, students who fail CMDS 620 or CMDS 621 in the fall or spring semester will only be allowed to register for two prescribed courses on the part-time student schedule and to repeat either CMDS 620 or CMDS 621 . The student may also opt to just repeat the clinic course. If a student fails CMDS 620 /CMDS 621 in the spring semester, (s) he cannot retake clinic in the summer, because of the abbreviated session.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses applicable to the degree is required for both good academic standing and degree conferral. All students who have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student may be subject to dismissal from the academic program of study. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program. For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the Academic Unit Head of the student’s program or graduate Associate Dean.
In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation, the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.
Program Dismissal Review
In cases in which a student has been dismissed from the Communication Disorders Program, the student may request a dismissal review when he/she believes that extenuating circumstances affected his/her academic performance in the program. The student must follow the SHNS Program Dismissal Review Policy detailed at the beginning of the School of Health and Natural Sciences section.
The program has adopted a list of Essential Functions that outlines the necessary communication, motor, intellectual/cognitive, and behavioral/social attributes deemed necessary for program completion and clinical practice within the field. Students are expected to review this list and sign a form stating that they are or are not capable of performing the skills and abilities listed.
If you are interested in obtaining professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice. For additional information and detailed requirements, please refer to the specific program of interest on the “School Resources” section of the Mercy College NC-Sara webpage.
The Master’s Degree program in Communication Disorders is accredited in Speech-Language Pathology by the Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
The Master of Science Degree Program in Communication Disorders is offered as both a full-time and a part-time program that takes approximately two years, one summer to complete for full-time students and three to five years for part-time students (five years is the maximum length of time for program completion). Full-time students are required to take 13-14 credits per fall and spring semesters and 8-9 credits in the summer. Part-time candidates must take 6 credits per semester. Students who are accepted as part-time students and wish to change to full-time status may make a request after their first-year summer grades are completed and with the permission of their departmental advisor and the Program Director. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Maintenance of Matriculation
It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintenance of Matriculation fee is processed as a registration.
Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.
Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Transfer credit is limited to six credits taken within the last five years in which the student has received a grade of B or above. Transfer courses taken prior to admission will not be computed in the quality point average.
Requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the candidate’s date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). An exception may be made by the director of the program if the student’s request demonstrates circumstances beyond his or her control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time.
Complaints That Fall Outside the Realm of Due Process
The Communication Disorders Program is committed to meeting its mission as it relates to serving our students, potential students, staff, faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty and the public consumer of communication disorders services. To that end, we are committed to ensuring that exceptional complaints for which there is no established College, School or program policy or procedure are considered and resolved in a timely, fair, consistent and equitable manner.
Procedure: Complaint to the Program: Complaints should be addressed to the Program Director through the online form located here .
If the program director is the subject of the complaint, the complaint should be addressed to the Dean, School of Health and Natural Science