School of Communication Science & Disorders

Communication Science & Disorders students study the nature and development of our communication abilities, a central aspect of the human condition.  They also learn about communication disorders which involve impairments in hearing, speech, voice, resonance, fluency, swallowing, and language processes.

Disorders of human communication affect millions of Americans and cut across the entire life span. An estimated 1 in 6 individuals will suffer from a communication impairment in their lifetime. Audiologists assess and treat individuals with hearing loss. Speech-language pathologists identify, prevent, evaluate, and treat individuals with communication disorders. The growing number of people with communication impairments reflects a need for qualified audiologists and speech-language pathologists, known as SLPs, to serve the populace.

At the undergraduate level, our program prepares students to enter a graduate program in either audiology or speech-language pathology. Our master’s program prepares individuals for a career in speech-language pathology in a variety of educational, hospital, and private practice settings. Composed of 22 full-time faculty scholars and clinical educators, our School is dedicated to clinical teaching and research. As such, we operate the L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic. We are one of the leading communication science and disorders program in the nation and one of the few to offer an emphasis in clinical research. We are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and we have been ranked for several years among the top 10% of schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Speech-language pathology has been ranked as 14th best job in US! The Department of Labor predicts that the number of speech-language pathologists will grow by 23.4 percent in 10 years. Read more at U.S. News.com

As you peruse our Web site, you will find that our dedication to helping others, our emphasis on scholarly learning, and our student-friendly atmosphere make the School of Communication Science & Disorders a great place to be!


Accreditation statement: The School of Communication Science and Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at Florida State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Complaint statement: Institutions of higher learning that offer graduate degree programs in audiology and/or speech-language pathology can voluntarily seek accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public may submit a complaint about any accredited program or program in candidacy status.  All complaints must be signed and in writing to the vice president for academic affairs (vice president), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville Maryland 20850.  The burden of proof rests with the complaint.  Complaints will not be accepted by email or facsimile.  See the website below for additional information:
http://www.asha.org/about/credentialing/accredidation/accredmanual/section8.htm

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