Instilling respect and understanding for individuals with communication disabilities.
The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD), Master of Science (MS) program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), is to provide students with a strong understanding of the connections between the scientific bases of our discipline and its clinical practices. We strive to prepare the finest professional and ethical research-based clinicians who can assess and treat children and adults with communication disorders within our scope of practice and from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
What we believe
- CSD professionals must be scholar-clinicians who value and engage in lifelong learning.
- Learning should take place in meaningful contexts that include opportunities for supported reflection.
- It is our role as CSD professionals to serve as advocates for all of our clients, regardless of age, disability, socioeconomic status, or ethnic background.
- CSD students must be able to deliver culturally and linguistically sensitive services to people with disabilities across the lifespan. The best clinical decisions occur when professionals and families collaborate.
- Learning is holistic: that we must assess and treat the whole person, not just the disorder. In addition, we teach about preventative and early interventions that can help minimize the severity of certain disorders.
- In the value of creativity in professional practice, especially in motivating interventions and nurturing the whole person.