The non-teaching Speech and Hearing major prepares students for continued study in graduate school and, ultimately, for credentialing by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and State professional licensing agencies. The Speech and Hearing major includes extensive coursework in normal development as well as in disorders of communication.
Students get considerable supervised practicum experiences in the campus Speech and Hearing Clinic, usually beginning in the junior year. The Elmira College Speech and Hearing Clinic offers a full array of clinical speech-language pathology and audiology services to individuals of all ages in the Elmira region. Usually during their senior year, Speech and Hearing students complete an internship at preschools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, summer camps for special needs children, or private clinics in the Elmira region or elsewhere.
Students majoring in other areas may choose to complete the 24-credit Speech and Hearing minor. Completion of the minor provides students with a basic understanding of communication and its disorders and complements study in fields such as psychology, human services, nursing and education.