Our Vision

Our vision is to be a preeminent center for the training of scientists and clinicians in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our faculty are recognized as leaders in the field of Communication Science and Disorders, and the department conducts state-of-the-art research and clinical service delivery in communication and swallowing disorders.

Characteristics of a preeminent center are:

  1. The capacity to expand our knowledge base as the field evolves, and the flexibility to adapt our curricula accordingly.
  2. The use of innovative pedagogy to foster critical thinking and skills for life-long learning in our students.
  3. Local, national, and international recognition as a leader in the field.
  4. State-of-the-art facilities for instruction, clinical training, and research.
  5. Embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea, by sharing our advances and learning with the broader community, in Wisconsin and beyond, and engagement of faculty and students in public service.
  6. Collaborations and outreach activities that provide knowledge to students and faculty in related disciplines.

Our Mission

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares the next generation of scholars, clinicians, and leaders in the field of communication sciences and disorders. The undergraduate program provides students with a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline. The Masters of Science (MS) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) programs train students to provide state-of-the-art service to individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. The Doctoral (PhD) and MS/PhD programs provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to become independent scholars and educators and leaders for the future.

The program provides opportunities for:

  1. Learning the theoretical bases for clinical practice and research.
  2. Application of knowledge to clinical practice and research.
  3. Guidance toward the development of clinical competence and independent scholarly research.
  4. Instruction on professional issues in clinical practice and research, including ethical conduct, evidence-based practice, and recognition and appreciation of individual differences and cultures.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Audiology (A) awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

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