B.S.Ed. Degree with a Major in Communication Disorders
- Total Credit Hours: 126
- Degree Format: Traditional
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 VSYOU 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
At the undergraduate level, students are introduced to the field of speech-language pathology and develop the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to help people of all ages and with a variety of speech- and hearing-related issues. The communication disorders curriculum includes coursework, observation, writing assignments, and exposure to normal and disordered aspects of speech, language and hearing. All students must complete a Master of Science in Education degree in communication disorders in order to meet the current standards required for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, certification for public school service personnel and state licensure.
Students must be admitted to Teacher Education to enroll in professional education coursework. To be admitted to Teach Education, students need to meet the following requirements:
- Have earned at least 45 semester hours
- Have achieved an overall GPA of 3.0
- Earned a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102; credit by exam assumes a grade of "C" or higher
- Have passed GACE Program Admission Assessment or exempted with scores of SAT-1000 (Verbal and Math), ACT-43 (English and Math), CLAST (minimum scores of Essay-6, English Language-295, Reading-295, and Mathematics-295), GRE before August 1, 2011- 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative) and GRE on or after August 1, 2011 - 297 (Verbal and Quantitative)
- Successful completion of appropriate CSD 2998
- Meet all LiveText requirements
- Undergo a criminal background check at your local police or sheriff's department processed under Purpose Code W.
- Present a current copy (no older than a year) of the results to the COE Student Advising Center in Room 1020 in the Dewar College of Education. You can also obtain a criminal background check from the Valdosta City Police Station (500 North Toombs Street) - takes about a week to process or the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office (120 Prison Farm Road) - processes while you wait. For further information concerning the criminal background check, you can read about moral turpitude.
- Have professional liability insurance. Insurance can be purchased online. SPAGE and GAE are acceptable.
- Audiology Technician
- Auditory-Verbal Therapist
- Communications Specialist
- Hearing Therapist
- Secondary School Art Teacher
- Speech Clinician
- Speech Therapist
- Speech, Language and Hearing Scientist
- Speech-Language Pathologist
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