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Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology


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Hands-On Experiences. Expert Faculty. Clinical Opportunities.

In support of Radford University’s commitment to providing students a transformative educational experience within a community of inclusivity and empowerment, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to cultivating excellence in student-centered learning and engagement. We foster innovative faculty-student collaborations and a supportive environment to inspire student success through a shared vision of inclusiveness and service within the campus community and beyond. Learn more about the Department of Communication and Sciences and Disorders.

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Preparing Students for Academic and Career Success


100% Exam Pass Rate

The 3 year average for the pass rate of the Praxis Examination is 100%.


Program Completion

The 3 year average program completion rate is 98%.

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Why Radford University?

Check out the top 10 reasons why studying in the COSD program is a great choice for your future!



The 3 year average for employment rate for graduates is 100%.

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COSD News and Announcements

  1. One of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Occupations! »


    Hanover Research lists speech-language pathology as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in 2021. Speech-language pathologists are growing by 24.9% and have an average annual wage of $82,000. Read more about the fastest growing degree programs and top occupations.

  2. Virtual Open House »


    Do you have questions about applying to the speech-language pathology graduate program? Please join us for a virtual open house on October 13 or November 10th on Zoom. No need to RSVP! 

  3. Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity named as project moves forward »


    At a special ceremony held on May 25, 2021, Radford University administrators and supporters officially broke ground on the Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity, a state-of-the-art complex that will serve as a blended teaching and learning space for the arts and health sciences.

  4. Graduate Program Open House »


    Join us for a COSD Graduate Program Open House Event March 26th 12-2pm. Learn more about our Master's of Speech-Language Pathology. Please RSVP to Dr. Diane Millar at by March 25th to receive your Zoom link.

  5. Waldron College of Health and Human Services Virtual Information Sessions »


    Join the Waldron College of Health and Human Services at Radford University for a virtual information session especially for admitted students on Thursday, March 11 at 5 PM or Thursday, April 8 at 5 PM. Hear directly from faculty and students from Communication Sciences and Disorders and Social Work about our innovative courses as well as post-graduate career and graduate school options!  

  6. Remember to apply for scholarships »


    The deadline to apply for foundation scholarships is February 5th. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! For more information and to apply visit:

  7. Drop-In Q&A Session »


    Need help navigating the application process? Please join us for a drop-in question and answer session Monday, December 7, 2020 10 am- 12 pm. 

  8. Graduate Program Virtual Open House »


    Join us for a Graduate Program Virtual Open House on Monday, October 19 from 1-2 pm! Learn more about our master's program in Speech-Language Pathology. Please RSVP to Dr. Lauren Flora at by October 16 to receive
    your Zoom link.

  9. Waldron College Student Ambassadors for COSD »


    Congratulations to our 2020-2021 COSD Student Ambassadors!
    Bettina Comparativo
    Kristen Price
    Ellie Andorf

  10. Waldron College Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium »


    The Fall 2020 Waldron College Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium will take place virtually on October 16th, 2020.  Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work students will participate.

  11. NSSLHA 2020-2021 Officers »


    Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Radford University NSSLHA officers!
    President: Joshua Tuggle
    Vice President: Laken Lucas
    Secretary: Hannah Martin
    Treasurer: Gracen Baliles
    Fundraising Coordinator: Sydney Covey

  12. Graduate & Professional School Fair »


    The Center for Career and Talent  Development is holding a virtual fair Monday, October 5, 2020 and COSD will be attending! Register through Handshake to schedule an appointment with our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Lauren Flora. 

  13. Application Process Open »


    We are currently accepting applications for our graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Apply now! 

  14. NSSLHA Elections »


    NSSLHA will hold elections for 2020-2021 officers at the end of August! 


  15. Graduate Student Orientation »


    Graduate student orientation will take place on July 30th and 31st on Zoom. Be on the look out for an email with a Zoom link!

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Kati Poole receives Elbert H. and Evelyn J. Waldron College of Health and Human Services Scholarship!

Kati is a senior in the COSD undergraduate program. She chose to pursue a career as an SLP because it’s the perfect mixture of her affinity for language arts and her desire to help people. As an SLP, Kati wants to work with children in a private practice or school setting. She feels that she connects well with children and wants to give them the tools to express themselves and feel confident, comfortable, and valued while doing so. Kati is also interested in exploring the social language differences in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and working to provide well-informed services to children with ASD. In the next 5 to 10 years, she hopes to be providing these services to children in the Southwest Virginia area.

In her free time, you can find Kati spending time with her friends and family, exploring the outdoors through hikes and bike rides, or watching a variety of new TV shows. 


Kati Poole '22

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We welcome new faculty member, Assistant Professor Dr. Chia-Ming (Abel) Lei!

Dr. Chia-Ming (Abel) Lei received his bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. From there he moved to the United States and received his master’s degree at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. He lived in Boston for 7 years and worked as an SLP in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) with an additional transit care unit for sub-acute rehabilitation. Later, while pursuing his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh for (another) 7 years, he worked as a per diem SLP in a SNF, equipped with a memory care unit. Most recently, Dr. Lei worked as a research coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine on projects investigating patients’ language during the acute onset of strokes. Dr. Lei has been accumulating experience and knowledge clinically in the area of acquired neurogenic communication disorders, and research wise in the field of hemispheric specialties in language processing. When asked what he enjoys most about being an SLP, he said he values seeing his clients and building connections. He also values being able to support clients through difficult and frustrating times in their lives. He is proud of this career which applies science to bridge communication gaps.

Dr. Lei is new to COSD faculty and to education. However, he has always been planning to become an educator which was the main push for him to pursue his Ph.D. He appreciates that Radford is giving him the opportunity to fulfill this goal.  Dr. Lei said he chose Radford because in addition to the beautiful scenery, our program is complete and comprehensive with the undergraduate, graduate (including routes for either master of arts or science), and leveling programs for those without an undergraduate SLP background. On top of that, Radford has an on-campus clinic providing SLP services to the community and learning environment for the students.

In his free time, he enjoys running, yoga, growing orchids, and is picking up meditation. He is also excited to experience more of the outdoor activities the NRV has to offer. 


Dr. Chia-Ming (Abel) Lei

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