Our degree programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare students to be future leaders in the field of speech-language pathology, audiology, and related areas. The foundation of our programs is guided by evidence-based practices and education. The core values of our programs are guided by the standards of standards and core values of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Our program provides training in the latest technologies used in the field to evaluate and provide treatment for individuals with communication and/or swallowing disorders. Our academic and clinical faculty provide students with hands-on experiences to increase their knowledge
Our Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is the largest academically associated clinic at Valdosta State University and has been providing services to the community and surrounding areas for 62+ years.
The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Valdosta State University is to engage students in learning, research, clinical practice, and service. This mission is based on artistic, humanistic, scientific, and cultural principles related to communication disorders. Graduates are prepared to engage in a lifetime commitment to the use of evidence-based practices in their chosen profession. They are prepared in ways that will enable them to participate in vital professional roles in the region they serve and in state and national arenas.
Strategic Plan and Goals
The strategic plan developed by the department is based on self-study and assessment tools used to gather feedback from faculty, students, the community, and other essential constituents. The plan was created to align with the strategic initiatives of the university and the Deward College of Education and Human Services.
Below are the strategies for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
- Increase diverse learning experiences
- Improve program diversity and inclusion
- Improve the visibility and communication efforts of the program and clinic
- Increase student learning outcomes across the academic and clinical curricula
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Respecting and acknowledging diversity, equity, and inclusion is an important aspect of being an educator and a skilled clinician. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Valdosta State University (VSU) acknowledges that diversity includes but is not limited to the following: race, color, ethnicity, cultural background, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, spiritual beliefs/practices, physical or intellectual limitations, academic history, and/or professional background. The CSD department seeks to provide all individuals with equal access to opportunities and facilities. Our department is committed to considering and appreciating the diversity of all individuals and seeks to ensure equitable treatment of all including but not limited to: prospective and enrolled students, clients, faculty, staff, or supervisors. Non-discrimination also encompasses but is not limited to the following practices: recruitment, admission, codes of conduct, hiring, retention, or dismissal of students, faculty, supervisors, or other relevant educators and/or staff. The CSD department holds all individuals responsible for cultivating an inclusive environment where all persons feel honored and valued.
- The Bachelor of Science in Education program provides a foundation to pursue a career in the areas of speech-language pathology and audiology.
- The Master of Education degree prepares students with the necessary skills to become a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist.
- The Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology is clinically based and provides advanced studies in the field of speech-language pathology. Students are prepared for leadership positions in the settings in which they desire to work.