Area of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Welcome to the Area of Communication Sciences and Disorders, housed in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies!
We offer two unique programs leading to the degrees in the practice of Speech-Language Pathology:
- Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology
- Master of Education Degree in Speech-Language Pathology
The Master's program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In both of these programs, students complete closely supervised practical and/or internships in a variety of settings and with persons of varying ages. The Comprehensive Community Clinic that is housed in the College of Education provides opportunities for students to complete a number of clinical hours on the campus. However, students are required to complete clinical hours in other settings.
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Faculty Contact:
The mission of the Area of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare speech-language pathology professionals to deliver and promote the highest professional standards in a variety of clinical and educational settings, across a culturally and linguistically diverse client population. This is accomplished through the integration of traditional and emerging pedagogy, technologies, an a focus on excellence across a wide spectrum of communication disorders, from infancy through adulthood.
What is Communication Sciences and Disorders?
(adapted from the ASHA fact sheet for Speech-Language Pathology)
Nature of the Work
Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, speech-language pathologists:
- Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
- Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
In addition, speech-language pathologists may:
- Prepare future professionals in college and universities.
- Manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices.
- Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.
- Supervise and direct public school or clinical programs.
- Develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems.
- Establish more effective treatments.
- Investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders.
Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers.
The practice and work of speech-language pathologists may take place in various settings:
- Public and private schools
- Rehabilitation centers
- Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
- Community clinics
- Colleges and universities
- Private practice offices
- State and local health departments
- State and federal government agencies
- Home health agencies (home care)
- Adult day care centers
- Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
- Research laboratories
During high school, prospective speech-language pathologists should consider a program with courses in biology, physics, social sciences, English and mathematics, as well as in public speaking, language and psychology.
On the undergraduate level, a strong arts and sciences focus is recommended, with course work in linguistics, phonetics, anatomy, psychology, human development, biology, physiology, mathematics, physical science, social/behavioral sciences and semantics. A program of study in communication sciences and disorders is available at the undergraduate level.
The work of a speech-language pathologists is further enhanced by graduate education, which is mandated for certification by the Council For Clinical Certification (CFCC) of ASHA. Applicants in speech-language pathology must earn a graduate degree, successfully complete the required clinical experiences and pass a national examination. Additionally, the individual must acquire the requisite knowledge and skills mandated by certification standards while enrolled in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).
Do you have what it takes to be a Speech-Language Pathologist?
To enter this career, one must have a sincere interest in helping people, an above average intellectual aptitude, and the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to be able to interact with the person who has a communication problem. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance, and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The deadline for admission into the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology for the Fall 2014 academic year is January 24, 2014.
The graduate program currently seeks to admit approximately 20-25 full time students each fall semester.
Program Admission Requirements:
3.0 or better GPA
GRE Scores of 147 verbal, 147 quantitative & 3.5 Analytical (or 1000 combined GRE score: preferred; 800 GRE score minimum)
3 Letters of Recommendation
Writing Sample (The writing sample will be required for only those who are chosen for an interview)
For questions about graduate education, please contact the Graduate Studies Associate in the College of Education's Department of Graduate Studies at 678-839-5430.