Welcome to Communication Sciences and Disorders!

We offer two unique programs leading to the degrees in the practice of Speech-Language Pathology:

Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Faculty Contact:

Ms. Emily Leak, Program Director

Mission Statement

The mission of the 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.
Work Sites

The practice and work of speech-language pathologists may take place in various settings:

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • 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
Entry Requirements

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 graduate program currently seeks to admit approximately 20-25 full time students each fall semester.

Admittance Guidelines

Minimum criteria to be considered:

  • 3.0 or better GPA
  • GRE Scores of 147 verbal, 147 quantitative
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample (The writing sample will be required for only those who are chosen for an interview)
  • Interview - By Invitation Only
  • Cleared background check (acquired by you, from your local police or sheriff department - UWG will need the original document)

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.

The master's degree in communication sciences and disorders educaiton program in speech language pathology at the University of West Georgia is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 220 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

CSD Strategic Plan

UWG Praxis 2 Pass/Fail Rate
Academic Year Number of Students Taking the Exam Pass Rate
2013-2014 26 92%
2014-2015 23 91%
2015-2016 27 93%

UWG Praxis 2 Pass/Fail Rate

  • Academic Year: 2013-2014
    Number of Students Taking the Exam: 26
    Pass Rate: 92%

  • Academic Year: 2014-2015
    Number of Students Taking the Exam: 23
    Pass Rate: 91%

  • Academic Year: 2015-2016
    Number of Students Taking the Exam: 27
    Pass Rate: 93%

3-year average pass rate: 92%

UWG Program Completion Rate
Academic Year Number Completed within Expected Time Frame Number Completed Later than Expected Number Not Completing
2013-2014 26 0 0
2014-2015  28 0 0
2015-2016 32  0 0

UWG Program Completion Rate

  • Academic Year: 2013-2014
    Number Completed within Expected Time Frame: 26
    Number Completed Later than Expected: 0
    Number Not Completing: 0

  • Academic Year: 2014-2015
    Number Completed within Expected Time Frame:  28
    Number Completed Later than Expected: 0
    Number Not Completing: 0

  • Academic Year: 2015-2016
    Number Completed within Expected Time Frame: 32 
    Number Completed Later than Expected: 0
    Number Not Completing: 0

UWG Graduation Rate
Academic Year Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates Employment Rate
2013-2014 26 100% 100%
2014-2015  28 100% 100%
2015-2016 32 100% 100%

UWG Graduation Rate

  • Academic Year: 2013-2014
    Number of Graduates: 26
    Percent of Graduates: 100%
    Employment Rate: 100%

  • Academic Year: 2014-2015 
    Number of Graduates: 28
    Percent of Graduates: 100%
    Employment Rate: 100%

  • Academic Year: 2015-2016
    Number of Graduates: 32
    Percent of Graduates: 100%
    Employment Rate: 100%

3-year average graduation rate: 100%