About COSD

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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.

The professional practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology requires a graduate degree from an accredited program. Individuals applying for national certification and state licensure must hold a Master’s (or Doctoral) degree in the appropriate area of study, meet specific requirements in coursework, practicum, and professional experience, and pass a national examination. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) offers a  pre-professional undergraduate program. COSD offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The undergraduate program requires four academic years. Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in COSD enter the Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) as Pre-COSD majors. In their first two years, students typically complete their General Education requirements. As junior and senior COSD majors,  students complete core and related courses, other degree requirements, and elective courses.  

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology.

COSD’s 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. Applicants for the CCC-SLP must also complete a Clinical Fellowship (CF) and submit a passing score on the ASHA-approved national examination in speech-language pathology.

The program’s curriculum provides students the opportunity to meet the requirements of the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for licensure in speech-language pathology. It is the responsibility of the graduate students interested in obtaining licensure in states outside of Virginia to identify the requirements for licensure. Students may find information for all states on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website: http://www.asha.org/Advocacy/state/