Communication Sciences and Disorders

The department of communication sciences and disorders provides academic and clinical education for students at Wichita State University who wish to work with children and adults who have communication disorders. The undergraduate program offers broad, comprehensive and preprofessional preparation for specialized training, which is offered at the graduate level. Graduate work, culminating in a master’s degree (speech-language pathology) or doctoral degree (audiology) is required to obtain professional certification in the public schools, hospitals or rehabilitation centers, or to engage in private practice. With an undergraduate, preprofessional major, students completing the graduate program will be eligible to apply for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for Kansas licensure. The PhD in communication sciences and disorders prepares individuals to function professionally as independent clinicians, as teacher-scholars in an academic setting, or as program administrators.

Clinical Services

Clinical services for members of the community with speech, language or hearing disorders, as well as students enrolled at Wichita State, may be arranged with the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (telephone: (316) 978-3289, email: slhclinic@wichita.edu). Fees are charged for these services.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Admission to courses is possible with a minimum grade of C (2.000 points per credit hour) in each stated prerequisite or its judged equivalent, or with departmental consent, unless otherwise specified in the course description.

Special Certificate Program

The department of communication sciences and disorders offers a certificate program for interpreter development in Signing Exact English (SEE). The Educational Interpreter Development Certificate Program: Signing Exact English helps classroom interpreters or others interested in working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing further their knowledge and skills with the goal of meeting or exceeding level three (intermediate) performance on the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA). The program requires 19 credit hours and generally can be completed in one academic year, including the summer session.

Note: The certificate was suspended beginning the 2012-2013 academic year. Please consult the department website for details on curriculum and current program status.

Minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders