Project IMPRESS - Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to Project IMPRESS?
Any person who has an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and is currently employed as a speech-language therapist with emergency teacher certification in the Pennsylvania public schools or any person who has an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and was grandfathered in by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The program takes six semesters to complete (summer-fall-spring; summer-fall-spring). A new cohort is admitted each summer. You will complete 3 – 5 courses a semester and graduate in the spring of your second year.
What if I do not have an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology?
You must complete the following course work with a minimum QPA of 3.0 prior to admissions: Normal Language Development, Phonetics, Introduction to Audiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Language Disorders in Children and Speech Disorders in Children. Applicants must provide-up-to-date transcripts.
How is the M.Ed. program different from a M.S. program in speech-language pathology?
The M.Ed. program is a modification of the M.S. degree and ensures that children in the public school system receive the same high quality treatment as those who receive services in the private sector by a speech-language pathologist with an M.S. degree. As such, the modification of learning outcomes is the primary difference between the two programs. The M.Ed. course work only focuses on prevention, identification and treatment of communication issues relevant to children and adolescents within the context of the educational setting. The M.S. program addresses the prevention, identification and treatment of communication disorders across the age span in varied medical, educational and home-based settings.
What certifications and licenses am I eligible for upon graduation?
Students will graduate with a Master of Education in School-based Speech-Language Pathology. This degree meets the knowledge and skills required for teacher certification in Pennsylvania. Graduates are eligible to work in Pennsylvania schools. Graduates are not eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by ASHA or for Pennsylvania state licensure. Therefore, graduates cannot work in medical settings, home-based settings or private practice. Graduates are not precluded from applying to an M.S. program upon graduation from the M.Ed. degree.
I am employed full-time. Am I still eligible for the program?
Yes, it is expected that participants will be employed full-time by an intermediate unit or school district. Courses are offered after work hours and during the summer.
I am not employed by an intermediate unit or school district. Am I still eligible for the program?
No, you must be employed as a speech therapist by a public or private school or intermediate unit in Pennsylvania.
Can graduate work completed at another university be substituted for required courses?
Students may transfer up to nine hours of graduate course work, in which a grade of B or higher is earned, from another college or university, with the approval of their graduate program coordinator and the assistant vice president and dean of graduate studies and research. Students are required to submit a syllabus for the course they wish to transfer and write a letter to the program coordinator requesting the transfer of credits.
Will I need to come to campus?
Yes, students are required to come to campus 6 times over the course of the program. Students must attend a 2 day orientation prior to the start of the program and come to campus one day a semester for the duration of the program.
Can I shorten the program by taking more than the required courses each semester?
No, in order to ensure you receive a quality education class enrollment must be restricted to a manageable size. You will complete the program with your cohort in the sequence outlined. Each semester you will take anywhere from 3 – 5 courses which is sufficient given your full-time employment status. Additionally, students must maintain a QPA of 3.0 with no more than one grade lower than a B. Experience has shown that the required courses and full-time employment are more taxing than one would expect.
What technology and computer skills must I have?
Minimum Hardware Requirements
- 1 Gb RAM
- 500 MHz processor
- 5 Gb Hard Drive
- Video Card with 8MB of VRAM
- DVD-ROM drive with 4X minimum
- Speakers, microphone and webcam
- Camcorder that saves directly to your computer’s hard drive
Internet Service Provider Requirements
- Reliable High Speed Internet such as DSL, cable modem (excluding dial-up connection)
- Microsoft XP Home Edition or Professional Version
- Microsoft Office XP
- Virus protection with latest definitions (e.g. Norton Antivirus, McAffee)
- Latest operating system patches
- RealPlayer One – free download
- Adobe Acrobat Reader – free download
- Internet Explorer/Fire Fox – free download
- Quicktime – free download
- Flash Player – free download
- Shockwave Player – free download
- Windows Media Player – free download
- Video converter software program – You must be willing to purchase/download this software if necessary.
You must be able to send and open emails, attach files, upload and download files, perform basic word processing functions, download video from your camcorder, convert video to different file types and utilize the power of Google to solve problems.
How is course content disseminated?
A variety of distance learning methods are used to provide you with the content knowledge and experiences you need to be a highly effective speech-language clinician in the schools. The instructors strive to match the instructional methods to the course learning outcomes. Thus one course may utilize a variety of formats.
Bloomsburg University subscribes to Blackboard, a web-based learning management system, which allows instructors to host web-conferencing classes. Such courses allow for synchronous communication among class participants. The instructor and students have access to a variety of tools such as PowerPoint, breakout rooms, WhiteBoard etc. to enhance learning.
Learning modules (LM) are created by the instructor and provided to the student to complete by a due date. The LMs come in a variety of forms and are designed to achieve identified learning outcomes. The LMs are accessed through Blackboard.