Jean Neils-Strunjas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: 151 Ashmore Hall
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Armstrong Atlantic State University's Communication Sciences and Disorders program in speech-language pathology (Master of Science) prepares students to provide assessment and intervention services to individuals with communication disorders. Students learn to work with individuals of all ages who have speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, and swallowing impairments.
The program facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms, technology labs, and the RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders. The Center provides opportunities for students to conduct diagnostic evaluations and provide intervention services to clients ranging in age from preschool children to adults. Additionally, students earn a minimum of 400 clinical clock hours in clinical placements which include the Center, a public school setting, and another community setting such as a medically related setting or private practice.Students may be placed in Savannah, regional areas such as Hilton Head or Charleston, or in their home state. Students are also given opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research and service-learning projects.
We are an accredited program of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). The program offers personalized attention to our students with a low student-to-faculty ratio. A rigorous course of study ensures that graduates of our master's degree program are clinical fellowship ready. In addition, our campus has an active National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association chapter which offers excellent opportunities for involvement in a pre-professional organization.
With nearly 10 percent of the world's population affected by communication disorders, the field of communication sciences and disorders is an area of critical need. Graduates will meet the expanding need in Southeast Georgia, the state, region, and country.
The Master's degree is the entry level degree required for employment in this field of study; this degree allows holders to be eligible for the certificate of clinical competence issued by ASHA. Licensure for speech-language pathology is also dependent upon the attainment of the master's degree in many states including Georgia. As a credentialed speech language pathologist, employment opportunities may be found in nursing homes, public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health care or in private practice.
Course of Study
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides a comprehensive, sequential hierarchy of courses designed to develop the highest qualities of character, commitment and professional competence in graduate students. The 54-semester hour curriculum leading to a master's degree in communication sciences and disorders includes, but is not limited to, course work in articulation and language disorders, language and literacy, voice and fluency, dysphagia, and aural rehabilitation. In addition to this course work, all students must successfully complete three clinical placements. The program is 5 semesters in length (fall-spring-summer-fall-spring).