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Communication Sciences and Disorders 

At UW-Eau Claire 

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Are you someone that has a desire to work with and help people? Do you have common sense and a scientific curiosity? Do you want an exciting helping profession that changes constantly as new discoveries are made? If so, then communication sciences and disorders is for you!

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The department of communication sciences and disorders educates students planning to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists and who will become specialists in diagnosing and treating

Communication Disorders student

communication disorders. The job market for graduates is growing most rapidly within the elderly and infant age ranges, but many jobs are available with school-age children and younger adults. Graduates are sought after by employers and valued for their competency.

Great facilities and hands-on experience

UW-Eau Claire has an excellent clinical facility with state-of-the-art technology on campus (Center for Communication Disorders) and affiliation with many off-campus practicum sites where students gain experience working with clients. Emphasis within the department focus on preparation of undergraduate students for entry into graduate programs. The semester long clinical practicum is a key component to the program.

Serving the community

Blugold commitment funds allows the department to assist area students and adults with Asperger’s syndrome each year. While gaining experience in your field, you’ll have the opportunity to give back to the  community.


The local Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides professional and social interaction, a connection to a national student organization, and service and leadership opportunities.

Communication Sciences and Disorders student in clinic


Communication Sciences and Disorders
comprehensive major; requires no minor

Communication Sciences and Disorders
standard major

Course work

Students who want to study communication science and disorders would benefit from course work in English composition, public speaking, foreign languages (Spanish or American Sign

Language encouraged), natural sciences (biology and physics preferred) microcomputer operation and applications, psychology and sociology.

Suggested freshman curriculum

- Intro to Communication
  Sciences and Disorders
- University Writing
  on placement exam
  For test out options, see
  Blugold seminar/test out
- Intro to Special
- General electives
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Our graduates

Typical positions held by communication sciences and disorders graduates include speech-language pathologists or audiologists who diagnosis and treat communication disorders. Graduate degree is

required for most jobs. Many of our students pursue graduate degrees at places like MN State University-Mankato, UM-Duluth, Univ. of Washington-Seattle, UW-Madison and
UW-Eau Claire.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

- Graduate School:
  UW-Eau Claire, Mankato,
  UMD, UW-Madison,
  University of Washington
- Speech Language Pathology
  Assistant (SLPA certified)
  positions in Texas, CA,
  Florida, New Jersey
  and Virginia
- Continued Education, UW-
  Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
- Teacher’s Aide, Kenosha
  Unified School District,
  Kenosha, WI

Department contact information

Krista Raleigh

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Special admission requirements

To take CSD 470 a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.25 GPA in CSD is required.

It is important that students consult with a faculty adviser in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) when beginning to plan their programs and periodically throughout. Courses in the major are intended to be taken in a logical order, so students receive background knowledge from previous courses before enrolling in later courses. It is possible to finish the degree in four years even if the student enters the program after their freshman year.
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