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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Communication Disorders and Social Work! We offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and the bachelor of social work degree (BSW). The graduate degree in speech-language pathology is required for professional practice and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). If you are not already a student at the University of Central Missouri, I hope that you will explore our program links and talk with us further about your educational and career goals.

Our department programs contribute significantly to the life of the residents of Warrensburg and Kansas City metropolitan area as well as to the professional communities. The department’s faculty members are excellent teachers and committed professionals who are engaged in the communities in which they live and work.

Our most basic commitment is to provide an excellent education to our students and real-world experiences to launch them in to their professional career field of choice. Our students become life-long learners who are committed to serving persons in community agencies and organizations. We support UCM's vision of a campus without borders by providing opportunities for majors to develop their practice skills. The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders provides valuable and varied clinical experiences for speech-language pathology majors; graduate students also enhance their skills through clinical experiences in medical and educational settings. Social work students continue to learn and develop their practice skills working with clients through field practicum placements in community agencies and organizations.

Please contact us directly if you would like more information about our programs and/or the services of the Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders.


Jean Nuernberger, MSW, LCSW