Programs within the Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders have three major goals: 1) prepare students for professional careers in speech-language pathology, 2) provide evidence based services to the individuals with communication and swallowing disorders, and 3) engage in scholarly activity in the field of communication sciences disorders.
The Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers undergraduate, leveling (post-baccalaureate) and graduate training programs; the provision of speech and hearing services both on campus, through the Harry Jersig Speech-Language-Hearing Center, and at selected off-campus locations; and the pursuit of new knowledge through research in various endeavors including the Child Language and Language Disorders Clinic and Research Lab and the Voice and Swallowing Clinic and Research Lab.
The purpose of the baccalaureate degree program is to prepare students for a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology by:
- Providing an introduction to the range of study in the field of communication disorders
- Providing a foundation of the normal process of speech, language and hearing
- Creating an awareness of professional issues related to employment and cultural diversity
Since the baccalaureate degree provides basic information on communication processes, there is limited exposure to the assessment and therapeutic aspects of communication disorders. The master’s level program in speech-language pathology prepares graduates for careers as speech-language pathologists and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Note: A Biliterate (English/Spanish) Certificate is available to Communication Disorders majors. Contact the Biliterate Certificate Programs Office for more information.