High school students who are interested in the Communication Disorders major can prepare themselves by taking courses in psychology, English grammar, speech, and biology. Experience with young children is also helpful, as is volunteer or paid work with individuals with disabilities.
Undeclared SUNY New Paltz students who are interested in the major may request to become a premajor and receive advisement by faculty in the Communication Disorders Department. Students should contact Academic Advising or the Communication Disorders Department to change to an adviser in Communication Disorders. Students wishing to declare the major must have completed 30 credits of college level courses, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and make an appointment with the Chair of the Communication Disorders Department prior to the junior year.
Transfer and second degree students should contact Transfer Admissions as early as possible as a limited number of these students are accepted each fall and spring semesters. The Communication Disorders major is an intensive program with little room for electives in the Junior and Senior years. Some equivalent courses from other colleges may be accepted pending evaluation and approval. Students wishing to transfer into the major must have completed at least 30 credits of college-level work and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. There is no prerequisite course work required; however, students are encouraged to take two social science courses, one course in human biology, one course in chemistry or physics, one course in statistics, one educational foundations course, and one child development course prior to transferring into the major. It is also preferable for students to complete the A.A. or A.S. degree prior to transferring. All transfer and second degree students must attend one of the advising sessions offered by the Communication Disorders Department which are scheduled as part of Transfer Orientation during spring and summer.
Students with a 4-year college degree and GPA of 2.8 or higher who are interested in taking some or all of the undergraduate prerequisite communication disorders courses for admission to the masters program may apply to the Post-Baccalaureate program; visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/commdis/postbacertifiate.html for information.
For admissions information contact:
Office of Admissions
Hopfer Admissions Center
State University of New York
1 Hawk Drive Suite 1
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499
Web site: www.newpaltz.edu/admissions