College of Education & Professional Studies

Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMDIS) is one of eight departments in the College of Education and Professional Studies (COEPS). The department delivers two related programs but with very different missions. First, the department provides the academic and clinical preparation for undergraduate students in normal communication processes and introductory skill development in communication disorders. Second, the department provides a comprehensive academic and clinical education program for graduate students including on-campus and off-site clinical experiences that culminate in the requisite Master's degree for practice as a state licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist.

Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The mission of our undergraduate program is two-fold. Our program is committed to providing students with foundation knowledge in communication sciences and disorders required for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. Our broader mission is to prepare baccalaureate graduates:

  • To acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate options;
  • To communicate effectively as speakers and writers;
  • To become life-long learners who can engage in inquiry, analysis, critical and creative thinking and collaborative team work; and
  • To embrace with understanding individuals from diverse and multilingual heritage.

Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The overall vision of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMDIS) graduate program is to be recognized regionally and nationally for its exceptional clinical education program and its dedicated network of faculty, clinical instructors and alumni. The mission of the graduate program in COMDIS is to prepare speech-language pathologists to practice across the lifespan and all settings particularly in the southeastern region of Wisconsin. Specific objectives include:

  • To prepare highly qualified professionals in speech-language pathology who exceed the guidelines of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for clinical and academic preparation;
  • To prepare speech-language pathology professionals to assess, diagnose and treat clients of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and
  • To act as a resource for the University and community by serving as consultants, facilitators and authorities in the various areas of communication disorders.

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech language pathology at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Our Strategic Plan

Please review our Strategic Plan for more information about our department.

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Department meetings are held on alternating weeks on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm central standard time. Please send an email to to request meeting access information.

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