Welcome to the Department of Communication Disorders
The Department of Communication Disorders offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science
in communication disorders and a Master of Science Degree in speech-language pathology. In addition to offering an exemplary academic program, the Department of Communication Disorders provides its students with rich internal and external clinical experiences. With the largest university clinic for speech-language pathology in Connecticut, Southern students are offered a wide variety of clinical opportunities. The on-campus Center for Communication Disorders provides the communities of the Southern campus and the Greater New Haven area with a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment opportunities in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.
The graduate academic program in speech-language pathology in the Department of
Communication Disorders is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
(ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA). The current accreditation cycle expires in
Role and Value of Accreditation
ASHA's interest in accreditation is based upon the belief that all professions that
to the public have an obligation to ensure, as far as possible, that services provided by its members
are of high professional quality. One effective way in which this obligation can be met is by establishing appropriate standards of educational quality and by identifying publicly those educational programs
that meet or exceed these standards. Accreditation is intended to protect the interests of students;
benefit the public; and improve the quality of teaching, learning, research, and professional practice.
Through its accreditation standards, the accrediting body encourages institutional freedom, ongoing improvement of educational institutions and training programs, sound educational experimentation,
and constructive innovation (ASHA website).
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION:
Deborah Weiss, Ph.D., Department Chairperson
Mary Purdy, Ph.D., Graduate Program Coordinator
Kelly Mabry, Ph.D., Undergraduate Advisor
Jennifer McCullagh, Au.D., Ph.D., Chairperson, Graduate Admissions Committee
Southern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, national origin, or sexual orientation in admission to, access to, employment in, and treatment in its programs and activities