The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Northern Iowa offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our undergraduate students complete an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders. Students choosing this major complete both liberal arts and pre-professional course work, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The pre-professional aspects of our undergraduate program in Communication Disorders include meaningful experiential learning experiences. To meet most state licensure and national certification standards, individuals who wish to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist must complete a Master's degree in their desired discipline. Therefore, the undergraduate major in Communication Disorders is designed to provide the academic preparation and experiences required for admission into a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. Students in the undergraduate major may also elect to complete the course work requirements for the Iowa Department of Education endorsement for educational audiologists or speech-language pathologists.
- Caring, knowledgeable and available faculty within the department.
- Modern technology-equipped classroom located in the department.
- Courses in the major are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants.
- Considerable experiential learning (clinical practice) opportunities.
- Involves both faculty and peer mentoring.
- Modern well-equipped, on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic.
- A variety of possible off-campus practicum experiences for undergraduate students.
- Faculty provide clinical supervision in their areas of expertise to better integrate classroom and clinic-based instruction.