About COSD


The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) is to develop professionals who are knowledgeable, thoughtful, skilled, and capable of working independently and in collaboration with clients, families, and other professionals. The commitment of the department to this mission is reflected in the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences requirements; in the academic coursework in normal and abnormal development and behavior across the human life span; in coursework that engenders awareness of issues in culturally diverse populations; in human communication disorders, and in diagnostic and treatment methodologies; in clinical practicum requirements; and in coursework teaching research skills that support lifelong learning.

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/