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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) provides a program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Communication Disorders. This program is designed to introduce students to the field of Speech-Language Pathology and to allow them to develop knowledge specific to intervention for individuals with communication disorders.
The Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is an accredited program in the area of speech-language pathology and is an approved program of the Professional Standards Commission of the state of Georgia. Students earning the master's degree are eligible for a service certificate (S-5) and the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) Association. which allows them to work in the public schools of Georgia, as well as hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers and private practices.
The department is also home to the Valdosta Speech & Hearing Clinic. The goal of the Clinic is to offer hearing evaluations, speech evaluations, and speech/language therapy to the community. Services are provided by graduate clinicians, who are supervised by licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologists
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is accredited in the area of speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). National accreditation ensures that the program meets specified standards in the areas of administrative structure and governance, faculty and instructional staff, curriculum, students, assessment, and program resources. Students graduating from an accredited program are eligible for state and national certification.