Careers in Communication Disorders

Why Communication Disorders?

A degree in Communication Disorders will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to work with those who have difficulty communicating. A bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders can be the first step towards a dynamic and rewarding career in speech-language pathology, audiology or speech, language, and hearing science. A master’s degree is required for certification to practice as a speech-language pathologist (SLP).

Why choose a career in Communication Disorders?

Careers in this field offer an exciting variety of options in terms of work settings and populations to serve. The job market for speech-language pathologists is excellent.

What does a Speech-Language Pathologist do?

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat individuals with articulation, language, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, social communication, and swallowing disorders. They work with clients of all ages including those with autism spectrum disorders, strokes, brain injuries, Down syndrome, and hearing impairments. Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private practice clinics, and public and private schools to colleges and universities.

Who should consider Communication Disorders?

Communication Disorders may be the major for you if you:

  • derive personal satisfaction from making positive differences in people’s lives
  • are motivated to serve
  • are independent and responsible
  • embrace creativity
  • seek academic and intellectual challenges

If this description fits you, enroll in CD 101, Introduction to Communication Disorders, to learn more about this exciting field of study.

Why Communication Disorders at Marshall University

Marshall has instructors with both clinical and academic experience. The Communication Disorders Department has an open-door policy and a small instructor-to student ratio which encourages students to discuss course and clinical work one-on-one with the faculty. Students are provided opportunities to observe a variety of clients on-site at the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center, and at the Luke Lee Listening, Language, and Learning Lab, West Virginia’s first preschool for deaf children who choose spoken language. Communication Disorders majors follow a prescribed program of study providing the basis for graduate study. Marshall University offers a graduate program in speech-language pathology that is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).