"Educating tomorrow's speech, language and hearing professionals."
The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences has a three-dimensional mission of teaching, research and service for the advancement of human potential in speech, language and hearing. As part of a comprehensive university system dedicated to undergraduate and graduate instruction, teaching is always regarded as the first priority.
The Communication Disorders and Sciences major involves studies in the disciplines of speech and hearing sciences, audiology, and speech-language pathology. Undergraduate programs offer an emphasis in either audiology or speech-language pathology. Graduate degrees include the Master of Science in Speech-Language pathology and the Doctoral Degree in Audiology.
The Degree Programs:
The Doctoral Degree in Audiology (AuD) is the entry-level requirement for employment as an audiologist. Doctoral degrees for audiologists are categorized as either a clinical doctorate or doctorate in philosophy. The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at CSUN is a clinical doctorate, which emphases both academic instruction and clinical instruction, as well as being practice oriented.
The Master of Science Degree is the professional entry-level requirement for employment as a speech language pathologist. Completion of the baccalaureate and master's degree programs enable the students to satisfy the academic requirements for:
- license in all US states to practice in medical, rehabilitative, or private practice settings
- education credentials in all states for employment in public schools and
- professional certification by the American Speech Language-Hearing Association.
The department's curriculum is conducted through classroom instruction and experiential learning , including intensive student participation in the clinical programs of the CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center. Advanced graduate students obtain additional clinical experience through placement in the department's affiliated medical centers, professional practices, and public schools.