About the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is an interdisciplinary academic unit home to approximately 25 faculty and staff, 68 graduate students and 413 undergraduate students, focusing on three major areas of research, teaching, and service including:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Speech, Voice, and Hearing Sciences

The Penn State program in Speech-Language Pathology has been ranked in the top 10 percent of the 247 programs in the United States ranked by U.S. News and World Report since it began ranking programs in Speech-Language Pathology.

World-class faculty offer academic course work, clinical training/practicum experiences, and research opportunities to students.

We offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders, building on connections among behavioral, physical, linguistic, and psychosocial aspects of communication.

The master's (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology at The Pennsylvania State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

In compliance with the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accreditation requirements, we have posted copies of our:

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Facts

  • The history of the department at Penn State goes back to 1933. The department always has been nationally recognized for its academic, research, and clinical outreach programs for educating speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • In 1987, the department joined the College of Health and Human Development to continue its mission of excellence in research, teaching, and outreach activities in speech, language, and audiology.
  • In the early 1990s, a new, critical area in the discipline emerged (augmentative and alternative communication) in which the department became a key leader worldwide, along with a few other universities.
  • During the last two decades, the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Program at Penn State became a national leader in training research scholars and master clinicians.
  • The AAC Program at Penn State is the number one program in the United States focusing on translational research, teaching, and outreach activities to improve the lives of children and adults with severe communication disabilities.
  • The department continues to expand its role as a worldwide leader. It has eight undergraduate and graduate courses in AAC, and it offers unique learning and research experiences with direct applications for enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with severe communication disabilities. The department also offers interdisciplinary and collaborative weekly seminars aimed at bringing together like-minded faculty members, staff members, students, parents, teachers, and members of the community.
  • In 2007, the department moved into a newly renovated space with four floors for teaching and research activities and a newly designed Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic.
  • The undergraduate program continues to flourish as numerous publications have named speech-language pathology and audiology careers among the top 10 best careers in the United States.