The Department of Communication Disorders seeks to fulfill the broader missions of
Southeast Missouri State University and its College of Health and Human Services.
Within this context, the Department strives for academic excellence in both its undergraduate
and graduate programs.
The primary mission of the undergraduate program is to provide a background of knowledge pertaining to normal and disordered communication, a foundation of ethical and clinical practice, and strong preparation for further graduate study in communication disorders. This mission is accomplished in the context of a broader liberal arts education.
The primary mission of the graduate program is to provide professional preparation in the area of speech-language pathology. This mission is accomplished in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
In all aspects of its academic mission, the Department of Communication Disorders strives to:
The mission of the College of Health and Human Services is to provide leadership and support for the teaching, research, scholarship and service responsibilities of its academic units. A significant focus in the college is to serve the students in facilitating success in reaching their goal of graduating with a degree leading to a rewarding profession. The student focus of the college is evident in the fact that the College of Health and Human Services has attracted the largest number of majors on campus. A strength of the college is the fact that, although there are diverse academic offerings, all programs potentially lead to a career that significantly and positively impact the lives of individuals and families.
Southeast Missouri State University provides professional education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and in practical experience. The University, through teaching and scholarship, challenges students to extend their intellectual capacities, interests, and creative abilities; develop their talents; and acquire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. Students benefit from a relevant, extensive, and thorough general education with a global perspective; professional and liberal arts and sciences curricula; co-curricular opportunities; and real-world experiences. By emphasizing student-centered and experiential learning, the University, in collaboration with other entities as appropriate, prepares individuals to participate responsibly in a diverse and technologically advanced world, and in this and other ways contributes to the development of the social, cultural, and economic life of the region, state, and nation.