As a major in our department, you'll learn the basics of the speech, language and hearing processes as well as identifying and treating communication disorders. We combine the classroom and the clinic to prepare you for professional standards for certification and graduate study.
In addition to the major in communications sciences and disorders, we offer a minor in American Sign Language and a special deaf education track.
The major in communication sciences and disorders emphasizes speech-language pathology and offers comprehensive education in the fundamental principles of the field. You'll be trained in techniques and processes across a lifespan as well as the relationships among communication and culture, social skills and cognitive ability. Experience is also built in to the program with required courses that place you in our clinics working with people in ways that will make a difference in their day-to-day lives.
Students who minor in American Sign Language learn much about deaf people and their language. Employers often see this as a great asset for many jobs in this field.
While not a major, the Deaf Education program involves course work, observation, and field placement. Students are prepared to take the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in Deaf Education and the Texas Assessment for Sign Communication - American Sign Language. The program involves spending their junior year observing and participating in an on-campus oral-only program for instructing deaf children and spending their senior year in a full-time student teaching placement in a predominantly sign-only environment.