The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Special Education 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 B.S. E.d. degree is a pre-professional degree. The program goals for the undergraduate program are to provide the undergraduate student an education in normal and disordered aspects of communication and to provide undergraduates with pre-professional training to prepare them to enter graduate programs in communicative disorders. The department of CSD helps students to develop fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for working with people of all ages having a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems. The four-year curriculum includes coursework, observation, writing assignments, experiences, and normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing. The first two years of the curriculum emphasize general education while the last two years emphasize specialized course work in CSD, observation, writing assignments, experiences, and elective course work. With appropriate scheduling, students can obtain a minor in a related area.
The undergraduate curriculum has been specifically designed to prepare students for graduate study. This occurs because Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists must have a Master's Degree, pass a national test, and complete a Clinical Fellowship experience to be certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or to obtain a state license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology. As such, students completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Communication Disorders are not eligible for state or national certification.
The Valdosta State University College of Education, through its Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is pleased to offer the Master's of Education Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This program builds upon knowledge acquired during undergraduate study. Students further refine skills necessary for developing effective interventions to meet unique client requirements in the graduate program.
The Master's of Education in Communication Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at Valdosta State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700, 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 Association (ASHA). These certifications allow graduates from the program to work in the public schools of Georgia, as well as hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation agencies and private practices.
The goals of the graduate program are:
- To prepare students to provide prevention, evaluation and intervention services for clients from birth to adult with speech, language, voice resonance, swallowing or hearing disorders
- To conduct basic research to explain the mechanisms underlying normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing
- To conduct applied research that will help speech-language pathologists and audiologists to remediate communicative disorders
- To provide graduate students with the education to become certified speech-language pathologists, teachers, and/or research scientists
- To serve the people of the local and larger communities by providing clinical services and information through the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinics
- To be a preeminent resource for the dissemination of information and clinical training strategies to professionals statewide and nationally through presentations at meetings and publications.
Graduate Plan of Study (6 Semesters)
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Program Graduation Requirements
The objective of the program is to prepare advanced practitioners and future university clinical faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders through provision of an affordable, rigorous, high-quality clinical doctorate. The clinical doctorate would have emphasis on the social and cultural aspects of communication sciences and disorders (speech and language pathology) as it applies to both allied health care and educational services to under-served populations.
This clinical doctorate is designed to deepen the knowledge, leadership, and problem-solving skills of current practitioners with a focus on coursework and applications that incorporate current research, ethical decision-making, and models of best practice. The curriculum will prepare doctoral students to analyze, synthesize, and apply research-based theory to their current work environment and through the development of the applied dissertation.