The goal of the program is to prepare highly competent speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to the service of persons from infancy through maturity who have communication disabilities. The ability to communicate effectively is a highly complex human behavior that is critical to the fullness of human life.
This goal is achieved through a curriculum integrating academic rigor, research activities and clinical practicum designed to:
- Provide a wide theoretical base for understanding normal development of basic human communication processes as well as the nature, causes, evaluation and treatment of disorders of swallowing and communication, including issues pertaining to culturally diverse populations
- Offer opportunities for supervised student clinical practice with persons across the life span who are delayed or disordered in the development and use of effective communication and/or who exhibit disorders of swallowing
- Develop competence in clinical diagnosis and intervention, interaction with families of communicatively impaired individuals, and collaboration with other professionals for effective and efficient team management of persons with multiple needs
- Foster a value for scientific rigor and a spirit of inquiry among all students
- Empower graduates to function independently as life-long learners