About the Department
The Department of Communication Disorders offers degree programs in two areas of study:
The deaf education program prepares teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. After completion of the Bachelor of Arts program, students will have completed the requirements to become highly qualified: They will be eligible to apply for Oklahoma state teaching certificates in two areas: deaf and hard of hearing and either elementary education or a secondary content area, depending on their area of concentration. The program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) as a Comprehensive Program. Students are required to take courses in American Sign Language as well as courses in clinical audiology and auditory-oral approaches.
The University of Tulsa's bachelor of science and master of science degrees in speech-language pathology combine academic course work and practical experience to prepare students to evaluate, treat, and conduct research into human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists help people of all ages who have disorders such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, voice disorders, speech articulation problems, swallowing impairments, and cognitive disorders. Speech-language pathologists assess, select and develop augmentative and alternative communication systems, provide training and language-learning intervention with their use. They also provide audiologic rehabilitation and counseling services to persons who are hard-of-hearing and their families.
The master’s degree program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.