CSDS Mission Statement & Long Range Plan
The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDS) Program is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education in basic human communication processes and in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders across the lifespan.
At the undergraduate level, the CSDS program builds on the university’s liberal arts education to provide comprehensive pre-professional academic and observation experiences. At the graduate level, the program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level practice in speech-language pathology by integrating academic knowledge, ethical principles and clinical experiences. Masters’ graduates will be prepared to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licenses from the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
The program is further committed to helping students develop an understanding of evidence-based practice and research methodology so they can apply research findings to plan appropriate interventions for their clients and to conduct research.