Communication Sciences and Disorders Highlighted in Video

Radford University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is featured in a new online video produced by the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools.

The three-minute-plus video follows master’s graduate candidate Emily Goria through a day of hands-on learning at the university. “The greatest part about our program is that you do; you do what you’re learning,” says Goria in the video, describing the Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum.

The video can be viewed on the College of Graduate and Professional Studies website.

The Virginia Council of Graduate Schools commissioned a video series to highlight important research and scholarly inquiry by outstanding graduate students in the commonwealth, as well as to promote graduate education in Virginia. The VCGS is composed of the 13 colleges and universities, including Radford University, in Virginia that offer graduate degrees.

“Radford University is one of the few public universities in Virginia that offers a master’s level program leading to licensure in a subfield of communication sciences and disorders,” said Nora Reilly, associate dean of RU’s Graduate College and Professional Studies. “We chose to highlight Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Waldron College of Health and Human Services to illustrate the practice of health service based on basic science.”

Communication Sciences and Disorders’ graduate academic coursework and clinical education provide students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills outcomes required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). This nationally recognized professional credential is issued to individuals who present evidence of their ability to provide independent clinical services to persons who have disorders of communication, Reilly said.

Applicants for the CCC-SLP must also complete a Clinical Fellowship Year and submit a passing score on the ASHA-approved national examination in speech-language pathology. 

The curriculum also provides students the opportunity to meet the requirements of the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for licensure in speech-language pathology and to meet requirements for teacher licensure offered through the Virginia Department of Education for those graduates who seek employment through the Virginia Department of Education. 

“In sum, it is one of the many programs in which we hold great pride,” Reilly said.

Feb 10, 2011
Chad Osborne