Students pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology rarely have the opportunity to work specifically with children who are deaf or who use cochlear implants. Through MCICE, students can achieve a certificate demonstrating an advanced understanding of providing services to individuals with cochlear implants through the Cochlear Implant Emphasis Program (CI-EP). This specialized training will be distinguished on their graduate transcripts. In particular, students pursuing this CI specialty track will have a number of advanced clinical experiences specifically working with CI patients:
- They will be paired with students in audiology to jointly provide audiologic and rehabilitative services for patients with CIs in our in-house clinic, thus providing interprofessional training in working with individuals with CIs.
- They will work with children with cochlear implants through our MCICE summer program.
- They will complete at least one semester-long externship in a setting that provides language-related services to individuals with CIs.
In addition to these clinical experiences, students will be expected to attend the MCICE seminar (a full-day cross-disciplinary seminar & training session), attend the American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA) annual conference, participate in monthly team meetings, and complete a CI-related capstone project or thesis and comprehensive exam question.
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