Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Welcome! The Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program prepares students to work as speech-language pathology professionals, working with people across the life span experiencing challenges with communication. Settings include schools, hospitals, and both public and private clinics. Professional positions are readily available across Montana, most other states, and internationally. The CSD program is designed to meet rigorous standards set by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Our graduate program is in candidacy for accreditation by the CAA in speech-language pathology. Our graduates are able to achieve full licensure and certification.
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Provides students with the communication and hearing foundations for graduate study in speech language pathology and/or audiology. The curriculum includes coursework, independent research, and clinical observations.
Leveling Program: Provides post-baccalaureate students with the communication and hearing foundation for graduate study in speech language pathology with on-campus and distance offerings.
Master of Science Degree: prepares students to work as licensed and certified professionals in the areas of speech-language pathology, an excellent career choice for work in clinical areas within education and allied health. On-campus and distance offerings are available.
There is a wide range of clinical services available for clients with communication and swallowing chalenges across the age span in the RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic which also houses the University of Montana BigSky Aphasia Program. The RiteCare Clinic also serves as a practiicum site for our graduate students.
Ways to Give
Our department could not achieve the level of success it has without the support and generosity of people like you. Thank you! If you are interested in supporting the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department, you can contact the UM Foundation or you can donate directly to the department HERE.
The mission of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders academic and clinical program is to mentor students of strong personal character and to establish in them a commitment to lifelong learning and interest in the process of communication. It is to develop, within each student, compassion toward their clients and a research posture in their service delivery. Through the program’s emphasis on typical and atypical speech, language, swallowing, and hearing, students gain knowledge, skills, and values that foster their individual growth as well as a passion for contributing to society and improving the lives of others.