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Program Mission Statement
Communication Disorders is a comprehensive accredited program committed to excellence in the academic/technological education and clinical training of professional speech-language pathologists.
At the undergraduate level, the Communication Disorders program, through its B.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology, serves the basic learning, personal, and professional growth of its students by providing basic coursework in the communication sciences and disorders, laboratory experiences in the speech-language-hearing sciences, and limited clinical experiences in providing treatment, under supervision, to persons who have communication disorders. At the graduate level, the Communication Disorders program, through its M.S. Degree in Speech Pathology, serves learning, personal, and professional growth of its students by providing advanced coursework in communication disorders and advanced clinical experiences in providing a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services, under supervision, to persons who have communication and swallowing disorders. Both at the basic and advanced levels of learning, we seek to provide students with clinic experiences utilizing the latest technology available for the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and screening for hearing disorders; to serve the communication and swallowing needs of a multicultural society.
"Preparing competent, caring and highly qualified graduates"
Program Strategic Plan
Each year the faculty in the Communication Disorders program approves a new strategic plan for the coming year. The plan originates from the Program Vision Committee and is then reviewed by the chair and the program as a whole. This review insures that key elements of needed changes are included and that the plan is in harmony with the Department and University Mission Statements. The plan is included in the Department Annual University Report that is sent to the College Dean and the University Provost for their approval. This plan is also available for review by any interested party in the community and as well as students. To receive a copy or to make comments about the plan, contact Communication Disorders at 660-543-4993.
Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff of the program are student-focused and strive to sustain a positive climate and professional learning environment in which students feel both challenged and supported. The faculty members in Communication Disorders have expertise developed through many years of practical experience in P-12 and post-secondary school settings. For more information, read the profiles of our faculty and staff members.