About the Communication Disorders Department

School of Health Sciences and Education: Communication Disorders Department

The faculty in our Communications Disorder (CMDS) program are active teacher-scholars who work collaboratively with students in and out of the classroom. Teaching and advising are the program’s highest priorities, and CMDS majors receive preferred registration for major required classes so that they graduate on time.

CMDS students become accustomed to doing their best work among a group of highly motivated peers, in a supportive learning atmosphere that encourages collaboration and mutual support.

CMDS Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program
Both of our undergraduate degrees are equally valued by potential graduate schools and employers.

Graduate Program
Our CMDS graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Master’s in Communication Disorders

Mission and Strategic Plan

  • CMDS Undergraduate Mission
    The mission of the communication disorders undergraduate program is to mentor students of strong academic ability and character and to establish in them a commitment to life long learning and interest in the complex and diverse process of communication. Through the program’s emphasis on typical and atypical speech, language, and hearing, students gain knowledge, skills, and values that foster their individual growth as well as a passion for contributing to society and improving the lives of others.
  • CMDS Graduate Program Mission
    The mission of the Master of Arts in Communication Disorders program is to prepare speech-language pathologists who will serve all people with communication disorders. The program provides students who have a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences with advanced academic, research, and clinical opportunities designed to help them acquire professional knowledge, skills, and values consistent with excellence in the field.
  • CMDS Strategic Plan 2014-2019
    The strategic plan for the CMDS programs is regularly reviewed by the university and updated by the CMDS department faculty.  It can be viewed here.

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September 5, 2017

The Office of Student Research will be accepting Grants-In-Aid-of-Scholarship and Research (GIASR) applications for research and creative scholarship to be conducted during the fall 2017 semester. All disciplines are invited to participate. The purpose of these grants is to promote a culture of research and scholarship at Truman while providing flexibility to accommodate different research […]

Comm Dis Department Raises Awareness for World Voice Day

April 15, 2017

In preparation for World Voice Day, April 16, the Communication Disorders Department is offering tips to keep voices vocally healthy. The sound of a voice comes from the vocal folds in the larynx vibrating to create a “buzz,” with its source of power deriving from the respiratory system. Professional voice users include more than just […]

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