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Additional Information for Distance Learning (New York City/UFT) Graduate Students

Information sessions will be held regarding this program in NYC. If you have any interest in this program you are strongly encouraged to attend! Click here for October flyer and click her for December/January flyer. Registration is required to attend.

A GRE Prep Workshop may be held in Manhattan later this Fall.  Details will be provided once they are available.

This option is offered to those already working for or interested in working for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE.)

This is a collaborative cohort between Western Kentucky University, United Federation of Teachers, and NYCDOE. The partnership began when The United Federation of Teachers in New York City was searching for a way for the members of the Speech Chapter to earn a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders without leaving their teaching positions in the city schools. The program has expanded to allow those not already working for the NYCDOE but who are committed to doing so into the program.

There is currently a great need for Speech Language Pathologists in the New York City schools and the goal of this program is to assist in offsetting this shortage.

Program Length

This is a part-time program consisting of 2 courses and a clinical component (only 3-4 of the semesters) each semester (including winter and summer terms). The program will take 3 years to complete if the student follows the recommended course sequence provided upon entering the program. University policy requires that students complete their graduate program within 6 years.This time period begins with the first graduate course applicable, therefore, transferring graduate credit would need to be limited to 3 years prior to beginning this program.

Clinical InformationUFT Cohort Students working with International Aphasia Movement

For a full description and policies related to the clinical requirements please explore the Clinical Experience tab at the top of this page. For the UFT cohort, SLP 590 will be completed under the supervision of adjunct WKU faculty housed at the United Federation of Teachers in the Speech and Hearing Clinic and within the community. These faculty members will also assist students in locating externship placements to complete the SLP 591 requirements in the NYC area.

Academic Calendar

The distance courses follow the regular WKU academic calendar, with established start and completion dates. Click here to access the WKU academic calendar.

About Distance Learning

WKU has a wonderful Division of Extended Learning and Outreach Department (DELO) to assist in online learning opportunities. Their website has a number of helpful topics including an orientation to online learning and helpful information to aid you in determining if online learning is right for you. Please click here to visit their website.

How is the coursework presented? Our faculty use Blackboard and Adobe Connect Pro as platforms for presenting learning materials, resource links, and instructional guidance. It also enables you, your professor, and classmates to communicate with each other. Using Blackboard and Adobe Connect Pro, your professor can present materials using several multimedia resources (including audio, video, animation, charts, etc) so that your classes are presented in the most appropriate way. Adobe Connect Pro allows live video stream so that the professor can present course lectures live via the Internet. You will have designated weekly or biweekly synchronous class meeting times for each course for which you will be expected to be logged into the course for instruction just as you would attend classes face to face. Class meeting times are scheduled in the evening and at night to allow time during the day to work and/or complete clinical requirements.

Bilingual Certification

A faculty member will work with students who wish to seek bilingual certification once the student has completed the Master's degree.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for each cohort is fixed for its sequence of courses.

UFT 9 - Beginning courses Fall 2012 - $602 per credit hour

UFT 10 - Beginning courses Fall 2013 - $626 per credit hour

UFT 11 - Beginning courses Fall 2014 - $626 per credit hour

If a student misses a course in his or her sequence and enrolls into a section planned for a later cohort, tuition will be billed based on the cohort the course is taken with, regardless of the date of cohort admittance.


Students will be subject to a $40 application fee.

Candidates for graduate degrees will be charged a fee of $55. This fee will cover the cost of cap and gown, diploma and other necessary expenses.

Effective Fall 2009, A $50 charge per class will be levied when classes are added or dropped after the sixth day of classes in each term.

Scholarship OpportunityUFT Class of 2010

The NYCDOE offers a scholarship for this program, for more information and how to apply click here.


For admission and application requirements for the graduate program click here


For more information and questions please contact:

UFT Adjunct Faculty

Phone Number - (212) 844-0565

General Program Info email -

Virginia Hill MA, CCC/SLP - Coordinator of Speech Programs–

Juanita Dunbar MA, CCC/SLP –

Ed Sweeney MA, CCC/SLP –

Angel Tapia MA, CCC/SLP –


WKU Distance Learning Academic Advisor

Jan Sandidge MS, CCC/SLP – Distance Learning Program Coordinator (

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