Career and Leadership Development

Communication Sciences & Disorders

The field of speech-language pathology and audiology trains clinicians to work in a variety of settings, including neonatal centers, schools, universities, hospitals, private practice, and rehabilitation and geriatric centers. Clinicians are specialists in human communication, its normal development, and its disorders. They are professionally trained to provide assessment and treatment and qualified to offer assistance to persons with speech, hearing, swallowing, and language impairments. Speech disorders are characterized by difficulty in producing speech sounds (articulation), maintaining speech rhythm or fluency, or controlling voice production. Language disorders may be characterized by an inability to appropriately use speech sounds, words and their meanings, and/or grammatical patterns. In order to practice as a Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist a student must: obtain a graduate degree from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA); pass the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NESPA); and work under supervision, fulfilling the Clinical Fellowship (CF) requirement; and finally, obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers a two-year M.S. degree, which meets all professional standards for CAA accreditation and all state licensure requirements for Speech-Language Pathology.

Emphases within the major:

Communication Sciences & Disorders Education (BSE)
Communication Sciences & Disorders (BA/BS)

Major skills acquired:

Ability to Integrate Course Work to Practice
Acoustics/Hearing Conservation
Alternative Methods of Communication
Diagnostic Procedures
Human Anatomy of Speech Production
Interpersonal Skills
Knowledge of Human Communication Development
Knowledge of Human Communication Disorders
Knowledge to Integrate Technology to Practice
Patience, Flexibility, Creativity
Problem-solving Skills
Program Planning
Scientific Methods
Treatment Planning

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number).
The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Audiologist (076.101-010)
Speech-Language Pathologist (076.104-010)
Teaching (with certification)
Voice Pathologist (076.104-010)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Aegis Therapies - Minneapolis, MN
Arlington Heights School - Arlington Heights, IL
Beloit School District - Beloit, WI
Chilton Schools
Clark County School District - Las Vegas, NV
Clinton Community Schools - Clinton, WI
Delavan-Darien School District - Delavan, WI
Denver Public Schools - Denver, CO
Dodgeland School District
Everett Elementary, Lake Forest, IL
Fond du Lac School District - Fond du Lac, WI
Fort Atkinson School District - Fort Atkinson, WI
Greenfield Rehab - Greenfield, WI
Health Reach Rehab - Brookfield, WI
Janesville School District - Janesville, WI
Jefferson East Elementary, Jefferson, WI
Kenosha Unified School District - Kenosha, WI
Lakeview Rehab - Waterford, WI
Lakewood (WA) School District
Las Vegas Public Schools
Los Angeles Public Schools
Manawa School District - Manawa, WI
Marshall School District - Marshall, WI
Medical Rehabilitation Associates SC - Milwaukee, WI
Meriter Hospital - Madison, WI
Milton School District - Milton, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota Public Schools
MJ Care - Milwaukee, WI
Monroe Clinic - Monroe, WI
Nursing & Rehab - Green Bay, WI
Oconomowoc Schools, Oconomowoc, WI
Racine Public Schools - Racine, WI
Rehab Resources - Sheboygan, WI
Rio Rancho School District - Albuquerque, NM
Rock County Birth-3 - Walworth County, WI
South Beloit School District - South Beloit, IL
St. Catherine-s Hospital - Kenosha, WI
St. Nick's Hospital, Sheboygan, WI
Strategic Products and Services - Chicago, IL
Tomahawk School District - Tomahawk, WI
United Rehabilitation - Milwaukee, WI
Waisman Center - Madison, WI
Waukesha Public Schools - Waukesha, WI
Wauzeka Schools - Wauzeka, WI
Whitehall School District, Whitehall, WI
Wausau Manor, Wausau, WI
Winnebago County Special Education Coop - Rockton, IL
Wisconsin Dells Rehab & Health - Wisconsin Dells, WI
Wisconsin Early Autism Project - Grafton, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota State University - Mankato, MN
Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
Rush University - Chicago, IL
University of Arizona
University of Iowa
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina - Greensboro, NC
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, WI
University of Wisconsin - Madison , WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - River Falls, WI
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, WI
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Departmental Office, Roseman, Room 1014
Phone: (262) 472-1301 or (262) 472-4854

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

UW-Whitewater chapter of the National Student-Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Faculty Advisor, Roseman, Room 1014
Phone: 262-472-4854

Wisconsin Speech-Language-Pathology and Audiology Professional Association
330 East Lakeside Street
Madison, WI 53715