About the Department

The Department of Communication Disorders offers degree programs in two areas of study:

Deaf Education

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.

Speech-Language Pathology

The University of Tulsa's bachelor of science and master of science degrees in speech-language pathology provide a comprehensive educational experience consisting of academic course work, clinical training, and research opportunities for students pursuing professional careers in speech-language pathology. The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology combines research combines academic coursework and practical experience to prepare students to evaluate, treat, and conduct research with persons with communication and swallowing disorders in any professional setting. The two-year graduate program is accredited by the Conical on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). The curriculum is designed to cover the knowledge and skills outlined by the America Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) required for certification as a speech-language pathologist, licensure from the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and certification by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Additionally, successful graduates are prepared to apply for doctoral study in speech-language pathology and to assume leadership positions in professional organizations.