M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Communication Disorders
- Total Credit Hours: 60
- Degree Format: Traditional
About this field
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.
The Valdosta State Difference
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.
What You'll Learn
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.
For admission to the graduate program in Communication Disorders, the following paperwork must be submitted to the Graduate School:
- Completed application for Graduate School (this may also be completed online)
- Medical forms (forms are available at the Graduate School page)
- Copies of all test scores (GRE or MAT). See requirements below.
- Copies of transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
- Your undergraduate degree must be in Communication Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
For Summer admission, the deadline for application is 5 p.m. on October 1.
For Fall admission, the deadline for application is 5 p.m. on March 1.
For Spring admission, the deadline for application is 5 p.m. on July 1.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.
TEST SCORES (GRADUATE RECORD EXAM OR MILLER ANALOGIES TEST)
Admission requires a score of no less than 143 on the verbal section and 140 on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR a minimum score of 375 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Meeting the minimum criteria for application for graduate school does not guarantee admission to the communication sciences and disorders program. It should be noted that the pool of applicants for the program includes many highly qualified applicants, and the number of available positions is limited.
- Audiology Technician
- Auditory-Verbal Therapist
- Communications Specialist
- Hearing Therapist
- Secondary School Teacher
- Speech Clinician
- Speech Therapist
- Speech Therapist
- Speech, Language and Hearing Scientist
- Speech-Language Pathologist
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