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Communication Disorders and Special Education (CDSE)

The Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education offers a baccalureate program in speech-language pathology and audiology and a minor in special education. At the graduate level, post-baccalaureate endorsement programs are available in special education.  The department also offers masters degrees with endorsement in speech-language pathology and special education and a doctoral program with concentration in special education. In cooperation with the special education program, a baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary studies--teacher preparation with emphasis in special education is offered by the College of Arts and Letters.

Other activities of the CDSE Department include operation of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders, the University Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Child Development Center, the preschool/kindergarten program and the Kiwanis Parenting Center.These clinical programs, housed in the Child Study Center, give students valuable practical experience, deliver needed clinical and educational services to members of the Hampton Roads community, and provide a focus for innovative faculty and student research.

Special Education Programs

The special education program offers seven options for students who desire to serve individuals with disabilities. (1) The PhD in Education with Concentration in Special Education is intended to prepare individuals for administrative and faculty positions and to provide students with the skills to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations, and create new research. (2) The program also offers a master's degree with endorsement in special education that meets Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree requirements and satisfies Virginia Department of Education teacher preparation competencies for endorsement in special education: general curriculum (K-12); early childhood special education; and special education: adapted curriculum K-12. (3) For those students seeking an advanced professional degree and qualifications beyond endorsement, the program offers a master's degree with research emphasis. (4) The special education post-baccalaureate endorsement program option is available for students who wish to pursue endorsement in special education without attaining a master's degree. (5) At the undergraduate level, a baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary studies--teacher preparation with emphasis in special education is offered by the College of Arts and Letters. Teacher candidates electing this emphasis area will be eligible for endorsement in special education: general curriculum K-12 at the time they receive their baccalaureate degrees.  (6) The autism certificate program is a 12-hour course of study designed to prepare teachers and related service providers to effectively work with and provide supports to students with autism spectrum disorder. And finally, (7) the program offers a minor in special education for students currently enrolled in compatible undergraduate degree programs at ODU.

Sabra Gear, PhD
Graduate Program Director
(757) 683-4383

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology prepares students to apply for acceptance into graduate degree programs. The undergraduate curriculum includes course work in phonetics, anatomy, acoustics, articulation, and language disorders, as well as audiology and hearing disorders.

Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Program

The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation - Speech-Language Pathology and leads to a Master of Science in Education in Speech-Language Pathology.  It prepares students for careers working in public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and numerous other medical and clinical settings. Graduates satisfy all the academic and clinical requirements for certification in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  The master's program consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours of coursework and clinical practicum in varied areas such as stuttering, cleft palate, aphasia, voice disorders, motor speech disorders, audiology, and swallowing disorders.  Successful completion of a writing proficiency examination, graduate research project, and written comprehensive examination is required.

Stacie Raymer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Graduate Program Director