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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Our Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program provides broad-based instruction to prepare students to diagnose and treat a variety of hearing and speech disorders in children, the elderly, or patients who have suffered speech or hearing trauma. Our graduate degree program prepares students for the clinical practice of speech-language pathology, working with both children and adults to evaluate and diagnose disorders associated with speech, language, cognition, communication, and swallowing. 


Inquiries about the graduate program in speech language pathology contact



Inquiries about the distance program in speech language pathology contact



Inquiries about the Pre-SLP program contact



Inquiries about the undergraduate program in communication sciences & disorders contact



Inquiries about the American Sign Language program contact




Check out some great feedback and comments on our programs:

“We were very impressed with your program when we toured the campus and visited the speech department. I am happy to become a partner with you as we continue to provide quality educational experiences for future clinicians.”


Congratulations to Anna McKay (a Communication Disorders graduate) for winning an award at the WKU Student Research Conference.  More information here: 2019 Student Research Conference Winners



The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is complying with the precautions being issued by national, state, and regional agencies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students are now taking classes online if they are not doing so already. We have suspended our on-campus Communication Disorders Clinic operation, and providing those students with alternative online activities to meet their clinical requirements. For students in off campus clinical sites we are cooperating and abiding by those sites’ decisions to allow students to continue or to suspend their activities. For those students who are affected by these decisions, our faculty are providing other means for the student to earn the clinical hours and competencies that they need in order to complete their program. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.


Academic Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders
Undergraduate Minor in American Sign Language Studies
Pre-SLP - Leveling Program to Provide Prerequisite Courses (entry into a graduate program)
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (on-campus & distance learning options)


Our Mission:

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU prepares students to be knowledgeable, productive and engaged leaders in professional practice. Our department provides a dynamic academic foundation to students across the globe through opportunities for lifelong learning, service and research.


corinne balliette
Student Spotlight
Meet Corinne
Corinne Balliette, a distance student, investigated the readiness or willingness of providers, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and patients to participate in telepractice for speech-language therapy services in rural areas of Nevada. (Read more...)
kinya embry
Alumni Spotlight
Meet Kinya

Kinya is a two-time WKU CSD graduate. She has had amazing experiences in the field including working in what she describes as her dream job with young clients who are deaf and have hearing impairments.  In addition to working full time, Kinya is enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Kentucky.  Kinya reflects on countless experiences in the WKU CSD that have shaped her professional and personal life.  "While in the (CSD-SLP) program, I met lifelong friends, cultivated professional relationships with clinical supervisors and professors, and was given the opportunity to study abroad and go out of the country for the very first time to study speech pathology internationally!"

Like many, Kinya's accomplishments as a rising SLP did not come without challenges.  In her first year of graduate school, Kinya became pregnant with her wonderful son, Noah.  With what she describes as immense support from faculty, staff, externship coordinators, and clinic supervisors, Kinya remained focused and motivated to walk with her cohort in May and receive her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in August 2018.

dr. weiler
Faculty Spotlight
Meet Dr. Weiler
CSD Professor Dr. Brian Weiler was involved in a study focused on the rate of failure in kindergarten language screenings when the Rice Wexler Test of Early Grammatical Impairment was used. (Read more...)




Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Central Time)

Interim Department Head:

Travis Wilson
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2018 KSHA Faculty & Student Presentations








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