The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to the preparation of students interested in careers in speech-language pathology or audiology, or as a researcher/teacher-scholar within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Our undergraduate and master's programs are one of only a few offered in the state of West Virginia, and our doctoral programs are the only in the state.
in Speech Pathology and Audiology
The pre-professional undergraduate program emphasizes education in liberal studies;
anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms; development of speech
and language skills; awareness of cultural diversity and its relationship to communication;
phonetics; and a broad introduction to communication sciences and disorders.
Students are first admitted to the Pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology (Pre-SPA) program of study and matriculate as such during their freshman and sophomore years. After completing the necessary Pre-SPA requirements, students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
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Master of Science
in Speech-Language Pathology
The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology provides aspiring professionals with a firm understanding of the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing; the competence to diagnose and treat the full range of communicative disorders in all age groups; and the opportunity to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers, and private practice.
The master’s program in speech-language pathology at West Virginia University
is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language
Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research
Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) eligible provider.
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Program
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program provides students with the academic and clinical
preparation to diagnose and treat the full range of hearing and vestibular disorders
in all age groups. Our goal is to prepare audiologists who are competent to work
effectively in a wide variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, clinics,
special treatment centers, schools, industry, and private practice.
The doctoral program in audiology at West Virginia University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program
in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Ph.D. degree program provides a rigorous course of study along with mentored
research and teaching experiences to enable students to become high-quality researchers
and serve effectively as leaders in the discipline of communication sciences and
disorders. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume careers as researchers
and teacher-scholars at colleges, universities, hospitals, industrial settings,
and research facilities.