About the Communication Disorders Department

The faculty in our Communication Disorders program are active teacher-scholars who make teaching and advising you their highest priorities. The program is small enough for you to form close relationships in a collaborative and supportive learning environment. All faculty members have a state license in Missouri and a Certificate in Clinical Competence (CCC) in order to supervise you and other student clinicians in our Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Academic Programs

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 lifelong 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
    The strategic plan for the CMDS program is regularly reviewed by the university and updated by the CMDS department faculty.

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