About Communication Disorders
Communication disorders can affect people of all backgrounds and involve problems with speech, language and auditory processing. People with communication disorders may have difficulty getting their message across or receiving communication from other sources. Students in the communication disorders program at Valdosta State University are introduced to the field of speech-language pathology and develop the intervention skills necessary to help individuals with communication disorders.
Communication Disorders at Valdosta State University
Students in the communication disorders program at Valdosta State have access to 11 therapy rooms, a full audiological suite and a voice/speech science lab. An on-campus clinic offers hearing evaluations, speech evaluations and speech/language therapy to members of the Valdosta community and is staffed by graduate clinicians, who are supervised by licensed and certified speech-language pathologists. Students gain additional experience in the field and stay on the forefront of research by participating in the college’s chapter of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
- Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)
- Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
About the Communication Disorders Curriculum
At the undergraduate level, students are introduced to the field of speech-language pathology and develop the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to help people of all ages and with a variety of speech- and hearing-related issues. The communication disorders curriculum includes coursework, observation, writing assignments, and exposure to normal and disordered aspects of speech, language and hearing. All students must complete a Master of Science in Education degree in communication disorders in order to meet the current standards required for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, certification for public school service personnel and state licensure.
The Master of Science in Education degree builds upon knowledge acquired during undergraduate study and equips students with the skills needed to provide prevention, evaluation and intervention services for clients of all ages with a variety of communication disorders. Students conduct basic research and applied research with the goal of becoming certified speech-language pathologists, teachers and/or research scientists. Graduates of the program are eligible for a service certificate and the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which enables them to work in a variety of public and private settings.
- Audiology technician
- Auditory-verbal therapist
- Communications specialist
- Hearing therapist
- Secondary school teacher
- Special education teacher
- Speech clinician
- Speech therapist
- Speech-language pathologist
- Speech, language and hearing scientist
*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.