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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.

A History of Quality

Mission Statement

The graduate program in speech-language pathology at the University of Virginia provides academic and clinical instruction for establishing the knowledge and skill base necessary for (a) completing the Master's degree, (b) becoming a credentialed speech-language pathologist, and (c) practicing speech-language pathology in an entry-level position. That knowledge and skill base conforms to the Scope of Practice as defined by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

I learned that after much soul searching as an undergraduate student, I really have chosen the career that's perfect for me. My professors were engaging, knowledgeable, and supportive and I am confident in starting my next step with a strong Curry graduate education behind me.

Anne Carrington Croft, M.Ed. '12, Speech Communication Disorders

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Program Overview

The program operates speech-language pathology and audiology services in the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services as a resource for supporting the master's (clinical practice) and doctoral (clinical research) missions. Each year, master's students, under the guidance and supervision of Clinical Instructors, conduct approximately 1,500 clinical appointments with children presenting a diverse range of communication disorders: language, literacy, autism spectrum, stuttering, voice, cognition, articulation, hearing, swallowing/feeding, as well as neurogenic disorders. In addition to services provided through the Center, Program faculty and students provide ongoing clinical services in schools and homes.

A small cadre of individuals pursue research careers in the doctoral program. These students are carefully selected for a matching profile with a researching faculty member in terms of topical research interest

For more information, contact:

Vickie Thomas


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