We are now looking for interested applicants for the AAC Doctoral Program at Penn State University.
What is the AAC Doctoral Program?
A doctoral program in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) designed to develop high-quality researchers, teachers, scholars, and future leaders in the field of AAC. As part of the program, Ph.D. students participate in a comprehensive curriculum addressing issues related to AAC:
- Core courses dedicated to AAC, including advanced topics in AAC, interdisciplinary approaches to evidence-based practice, and diversity and global issues in AAC; Related coursework in statistics, methodology, and elective areas of language, neurology, grant writing, etc.;
- Completion of at least three mentored research projects, structured to result in conference presentations and publications;
- Hands-on lab experiences with state of the art AAC assistive technologies;
- Direct experience with teaching, including classroom teaching and mentorship of research and/or clinical experiences of pre-service students.
Why Penn State?
- The program at Penn State is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top research programs focused on the needs of children who require AAC;
- The core academic and clinical faculty have more than 60 externally funded grants, over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, over 500 conference presentations, and extensive experience in evidence based practice in AAC.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
- The program is designed to be completed during an intensive 4-year period.
Is distance or part-time education possible?
- No, all doctoral students must be full-time students at Penn State, University Park Campus.
Is financial support available for students?
- Yes, financial support is available for students and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
For more information, please email Dr. Janice Light (JCL4@psu.edu).