Welcome to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting professions wherein practitioners provide services for individuals of all ages who have speech, voice, language, swallowing, hearing, and/or balance disorders. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at West Virginia University offers a preprofessional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a professional Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology, a professional Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, and a post-professional Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our newest program, the Ph.D. is specifically designed for expert clinicians who seek a leadership role as a researcher and scholar in the discipline. Both of our professional graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Department News and Events

SPECIAL TOPIC COURSES: CSD, in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, is offering two online special topic courses for speech-language pathologists and school-based audiologists, beginning January 11 (Spring semester 2016). The courses, CSAD 693A Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD) and CSAD 693B Auditory Processing Disorders in Schools: An SLP and Audiologist Collaboration may be used for graduate credit or to maintain ASHA Certification and WV Licensure. Tuition waivers are available. For further information, contact Prof Mary Ellen Tekieli Koay at

PRESS RELEASE: See the WVUToday article on CSD’s summer augmentative and alternative communication program in Transforming lives through communication: WVU students make big impact at Camp Gizmo.

DEPARTMENT CLINICS: For more information about the services provided in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melissa Mitchell at (304) 293-6817 or by email at

THE PROFESSIONS: recently ranked audiology #2 and speech-language pathology #11 on its list of The Best 200 Jobs of 2015!

CSD FACULTY POSITIONS AVAILABLE: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders invites applications for two faculty positions. One is for an Associate Professor or Professor to serve as Department Chair to begin July 2016. The other is for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in speech-language pathology to begin spring or fall 2016, preferably with expertise in fluency, voice, and/or other speech disorders.

FACULTY NEWS: CSD congratulates Professor Ken St. Louis for receiving the International Fluency Association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eighth World Congress on Fluency Disorders held in Lisbon, Portugal. Congratulations also to Professor Dennis Ruscello for being named 2015’s Outstanding Teacher by the College of Education and Human Services.