Department: Communication Disorders
For information, please contact Renny Tatchell, Chair, 774-1323, 2186 Health Professions Building
Why Study Communication Disorders?
One of every ten people has a speech, language, or hearing problem. Communication disorders generally do not occur in a vacuum, they can be related to other problems as well. Social, emotional, educational, and vocational problems may stem from or be aggravated by communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are trained to prevent, identify and treat communication disorders. They work primarily in educational settings, medical and health facilities, and private practice.
Communication Disorders at CMU
To work as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, you are required to fulfill the academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This certification requires completion of a master's or doctoral degree. Your study of communication disorders at the undergraduate level must be carefully tailored to lead into study at the graduate level.
The department offers a major in communication disorders, which specifically prepares students for entry into graduate speech-language pathology and audiology programs and for other career opportunities. The minor in communication disorders prepares students for career opportunities particularly related to health and education as well as for advanced educational opportunities.
The Department of Communication Disorders offers the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) degree for audiologists and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Disorders for speech-language pathologists. The undergraduate and graduate level programs are designed to complement one another and to lead to ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) for students who complete the graduate degree programs. CMU's academic programs in audiology and speech-language pathology are accredited by ASHA's Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). The clinical programs in audiology and speech-language pathology are accredited by ASHA's Council on Professional Services Accreditation (CPSA).
Early advisement of students considering a major in communication disorders is recommended. If you are interested in a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, call the Office of Communication Disorders (774-3471) and request advisement assistance.
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Communication Disorders Major
Associated Minors / Pre-Professional Studies Course Description Key (for courses shown in expanded view)
Communication Disorders Minor