Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education: BS, BA
A bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders and deaf education is a pre-professional degree that prepares students for graduate school in speech-language pathology or clinical or educational audiology. Students in USU’s program choose to focus on either speech-language pathology or audiology.
Speech-language pathologists work with individuals of all ages who have difficulty communicating, learning to communicate, feeding, or swallowing. This may include infants with feeding disorders or children with speech, language, hearing, or literacy development problems. It may also include children and adults who stutter, have voice disorders, or suffer from speech, language, and swallowing problems as the consequence of neurological disease or stroke.
Audiologists evaluate and manage individuals who are suspected or have been identified as having differences associated with hearing. Audiologists conduct testing to help identify hearing loss, select and fit hearing aids, program cochlear implants, and provide aural rehabilitation.
USU Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education:
Online: 1st Bachelor's Degree
Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
The communicative disorders and deaf education degree (BS) is available online for students who are unable to attend classes on campus. The online and on-campus programs cannot be combined. Students should consult with the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education Department advisor before beginning the program.
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In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the communicative disorders and deaf education program has additional requirements:
A minimum 3.0 GPA is required by COMDDE for admission into the 1st bachelor's program at the beginning of the junior year (approximately 60 credits). Students planning on graduate school should carefully and honestly evaluate their potential for excelling in their coursework and maintaining a high GPA. Many graduate programs across the country, including USU, accept students with higher GPAs. (Average GPA usually 3.75 - 3.8) Students must also have a 3.0 overall GPA to graduate with a COMDDE degree. International students have additional admissions requirements.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
With a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders and deaf education, students may be qualified for the following careers:
- Clinical aide
- Assistant or technician in speech-language pathology
- Assistant in clinical audiology and educational audiology
Most undergraduate students go on to receive graduate degrees in MS, MA, MEd, or AuD, allowing certification and/or licensure as a professional speech-language pathologist or audiologist. With graduate degrees in these fields, students will be eligible to work in the following areas:
- Rehabilitation centers
- Nursing facilities
- Home health care centers
- Community centers
- Private practice settings
The following degrees are available on the USU Eastern Price and Blanding Campuses:
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