A Welcome from Our Director

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Dr. Sherri Jones
Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, which is housed in the Barkley Memorial Center. I hope you find the information you need about our excellent programs on these webpages.

The Division of Communication Disorders offers programs both in Audiology (Au.D. and Ph.D.) and Speech-Language Pathology. The Speech-Language Pathology program is rated in the top 5% of programs in the country. Students in these programs enjoy a balance of research and clinical practice, a diverse client load, caring faculty and staff, and a variety of clinical experiences.

The division of Special Education has also been recognized as being in the top 5% of programs in the country by the latest U.S. News & World Report survey. Individuals interested in Special Education can obtain endorsement in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Learning Disabilities, Visual Impairments and Early Childhood Special Education. Many of the courses in this program are offered at a distance.

The Barkley Memorial Center is a dynamic place with faculty who enjoy international reputations for their contributions to their profession. We have financial assistance available in the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships, which are dependent upon available funds. The Department is housed in exceptional facilities.