Communication Sciences and Disorders

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About CSDO

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDO) is a growing field in today's society. The demand for speech pathologists and audiologists is constantly increasing and will continue to grow for the next several years. As a speech language pathologist (SLP) or audiologist (A), one can expect to work with a variety of people in a multitude of settings. With a bachelor's degree, one can work as an assistant under the supervision of a licensed speech language pathologist or audiologist. With a master's degree you can work in hospitals, rehabilitative clinics, schools or even private practice. 

OUR VISION:

The Speech-Language Pathology Program at Texas A & M University - Kingsville will be recognized nationally for the superior academic and clinical training of Speech/Language Pathologists, and regionally as a provider of outstanding clinical services to persons with communication and swallowing disorders. The program will meet or exceed required guidelines of accreditation bodies, licensure requirements, and certification standards.

CSDO PROGRAM MISSION:

The mission of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is to prepare knowledgeable professionals committed to meeting the communicative needs of persons with varied communication disorders thereby improving their quality of life. To meet this mission, the Program emphasizes the importance of scientific study, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical principles, the responsibility to educate the public about communicative disorders, and the importance of continued professional development throughout one's career.

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires a minimum of 120-121 hours for graduation with a minor in psychology. Out of the 120-121 hours, 36 hours are CSDO classes and 18 hours are for a minor in psychology. Students must also meet the general education requirements, communication skill requirements, residence and all degree requirements that are specified in the Texas A & M University-Kingsville catalog. In addition, an overall GPA of 2.75 is the required minimum for any CSDO undergraduate major.  We also require that by the completion of the first four core major classes, a B average (CSDO 3.0 GPA) be maintained. Please be aware of course pre-requisites. 

As of the cohort starting Spring 2018, the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a full-time day program, with 3 terms of full-time course work, followed by 2 terms of full-time externship practicum. The academic hours total 42 hours, plus 12 credit hours of clinic (intern and extern), and a minimum of 3 credit hours research*, for a program of 57 hours. *Students are given the option of a 3 credit – CSDO 5305 master’s project (which is an individually faculty mentored project) and a choice of topics in CSDO 5312 Contemporary Issues; or a 6 credit- 2 term CSDO 5306 master’s thesis (requiring an advisor and 2 additional committee members). We are moving to Fall starts only as of Fall 2018, meaning a student would take Fall, Spring, Summer- full time coursework, and then the Fall and Spring of following school year for Externships. During Externship terms, students take one online course, which allows them ability to be off campus if they choose.

New Student Information

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Please check the current university calendar for important deadlines regarding application for admission and application for graduation. All students entering the program are assigned an academic advisor to help guide them through the next few years. It is advised that you consult with your advisor before registering for any classes. Please contact our program office at 361-593-3493 for more information. The following link will take you to a copy of the undergraduate catalog.There you can find a degree plan, descriptions of CSDO courses and the prerequisites for each course.

Academic/Clinical Issues; CAA complaints

Procedures for filing a complaint regarding academic or clinical issues.

Procedures for filing a complaint with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Council on Academic Accreditation.

Please note that the CAA requires evidence that all institutional grievance and review mechanisms are first exhausted.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF STRATEGIC PLAN (Revised July 11, 2018)

EXPAND PROGRAM THROUGH RECRUITMENT OF QUALITY STUDENTS As we move into the future, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program of Texas A&M University-Kingsville is committed to expanding undergraduate and leveling (post baccalaureate) enrollment AND building on its successful graduate program. The program will increase relationships with local community colleges and high schools, in order to recruit promising students. The program will also increase the number of undergraduate CSDO honor students, in an effort to continue to improve high quality students.

Meanwhile, we aim to expand the graduate program recruitment nationally. With high passing, completion and employment rates, we are able to compete with other accredited national schools. We will explore the option of using an online application process, to increase and diversify our applicant pool.

STRENGTHEN CURRENT GRADUATE PROGRAM
The program is committed to continual quality improvement. We will maintain over 90% PRAXIS scores and Employment rate, to exceed accreditation minimums. Courses will continue to be monitored for currency of information. The program commit resources to keep its teaching and therapy equipment and materials current. Externship supervisor feedback will continue to be collected to evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills they observe in our students during the externship semesters. We will expand externship placement options with engagement of new clinical supervisor.

BUILD ON ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT We want to excite the CSDO Javelina alumni to get more involved with the program development. Plans include increased interaction with the alumni, including integrating them with our current students, (i.e., community engagement activities, mentoring program with alumni and future SLPs). Alumni events will aim to increase donations and/or scholarship support for current and future students.

Equal Opportunity Policy

In compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Executive Order 11246, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is open to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability who are otherwise eligible for admission as students. A&M-Kingsville does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs.

Texas A & M-Kingsville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and no applicant or employee will be discriminated against because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin or disability in any personnel action. This university will not enter Knowingly into contractual agreements for services or supplies with any firm failing to follow fair employment practices.

This page was last updated on: December 13, 2018