The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Cleveland State University is situated within the College of Health. The program includes a Master's level Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program and a pre-professional undergraduate degree program.
The program also houses the popular American Sign Language curriculum, taken by students across campus to fulfill general education requirements.
In addition, the program houses the Speech & Hearing Clinic, which provides comprehensive diagnostic and intervention services for people of all ages, covering a wide range of communication disorders.
The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is to provide students with excellent educational and clinical experiences that emphasize innovation, collaboration, and inter-professional explorations.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders equips undergraduate students with the knowledge of basic human communication processes and critical thinking skills that enable students to compete as candidates for admission to graduate study in communication sciences and disorders or other fields.
The Master of Arts Program in Communciation Sciences and Disorders, which complies with the standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), prepares future clinicians to provide excellent, culturally-relevant services to children and adults with communication disorders in the Northern Ohio region and the global society.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Cleveland State University will be recognized as the leader in providing excellent, innovative, diverse, and collaborative educational experiences and clinical services in communication sciences and disorders within the Northern Ohio region and global society.
Each program goal is a sub goal of a larger long-term goal reflected in the strategic plan.
- To equip a diverse undergraduate student body with the knowledge of basic human communication processes and the critical thinking skills that enable students to compete as superior candidates for admission to graduate study in communication sciences and disorders or other fields
- To provide excellent graduate education that meets or exceeds the professional standards for clinical certification and state licensure and that prepares future speech-language pathologists to provide optimal care and enhance the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders
- To prepare future speech-language pathologists to fill diverse roles in the profession, work with integrity, and collaborate with families and other professionals in a variety of work settings
- To provide students with clinical and research opportunities that deepen their understanding and appreciation of evidence-based practices and inter-professional collaborations
- To equip students to attain leadership roles in clinical settings in the community, region, and global society by promoting skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning and to encourage participation in research and life-long learning
- To provide high quality and innovative clinical services in speech, language, and hearing assessment and intervention, along with preventative care, to members of the community
- To prepare culturally competent clinicians to serve diverse populations