Speech Communication Disorders
This is a resource for current and prospective students. Individuals who may have a communication disorder, as well as those who care for them, should go to the site for the U.Va. Speech-Language-Hearing Center.
We offer a pre-professional undergraduate degree as well as a master's degree in Speech Communication Disorders. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Our mission includes the education of future clinicians and future researchers. Several of our faculty are engaged in active research programs.
The Program provides clinical services through the Sheila C. Johnson Center, which is a full-service clinic for individuals experiencing difficulty in speaking, hearing, reading, writing, organizing thoughts, or even swallowing.
We are committed to the total development and well-being of all members of the University community - students, faculty, staff, and the public. Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program’s clinic are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability or condition, age, sexual orientation, status as a parent or as a covered veteran.
Program faculty work closely with each student to provide equity in opportunity for academic and clinical success. Similarly, faculty members strive to provide each student with a variety of clinical experiences with populations that are culturally and linguistically diverse.
The academic faculty consists of high-caliber and collaborative scientists pursuing individual and collective research agendas encompassing language, cognition, literacy, augmented/alternate forms of communication, autism, voice, swallowing, and neurogenic communication disorders. Clinical Instructors are committed to providing high-quality learning experiences for establishing the necessary set of clinical competencies for entering the professional workforce and for setting out on a successful clinical career.