Program Mission Statement
The Communication Disorders Program offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in each discipline for initial licensure as well as post-licensure professional development. Recognizing the essentially of empirically based program, students are provided early, intensive, and repeated clinical experiences. Integrated throughout education area programs in an allegiance to research, scholarship, and professional services. Collaborative interdisciplinary relationships are recognized as essential in the development of faculty, staff, and students. As such, these relationships are developed and supported throughout the programs. The program has an unfailing commitment to prepare professionals who are ethnically responsible and dedicated to the process of becoming lifelong learners in an ever changing ethnically and culturally diverse society. The primary mission of this multifaceted and integrated program is to develop professional speech-language pathologists who are technically and pedagogically competent, self-motivated, active participants in their respective professional organizations, and who will seek to enrich their professional growth throughout questioning, research, and self-evaluation through the full tenure of their careers.
Programs in communication disorders at the undergraduate and graduate levels are offered by Indiana State University to provide students with knowledge and experiences that lead to rewarding careers.
The undergraduate program in communication disorders at Indiana State University offers students both academic preparation and clinical experience in treating persons with communication disorders. One of the hallmarks of the program is the department’s commitment to undergraduate clinical experiences that culminate in a student teaching experience during the senior year. These experiences foster the practical application of theories and methodologies during the learning process. Indiana State’s undergraduate program in communication disorders is an excellent foundation for advanced professional training at the graduate level. A master’s degree in speech-language pathology is required for most careers in the field of communication disorders.
The graduate program in communication disorders at Indiana State University provides professional training for a career as a speech-language pathologist. In addition to advanced coursework in communication disorders, graduate students participate in extensive clinical experiences including a hospital practicum. Ideally, a prospective graduate student should hold a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders or speech-language pathology. Graduates with degrees in other areas must take prerequisite undergraduate coursework prior to admittance to the graduate program. Students work closely with faculty to design programs to fit their individual needs.
The department is home to the Rowe Center for Communicative Disorders. The center enhances learning at both the undergraduate and graduate level by providing frequent opportunities for students to observe and practice classroom theories in a clinical situation. The center includes therapy rooms with two-way mirrors, sound monitoring systems, an audiology suite, videotaping and playback viewing suite, and a speech-science laboratory.
The Rowe Center for Communicative Disorders offers speech and language assessments and treatments to a wide range of speech disorders such as articulation, voice, stuttering, and ESL, and a variety of language disorders such as delayed/disordered language development, aphasia, and traumatic brain injury. These are available to preschoolers, school-age children, and adults at no cost.
Communication Disorders Program
Indiana State University
Bayh College of Education, UH Room 226
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
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