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Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders

Program Description

With a major in Communication Disorders, you can make a big difference in the life of someone challenged by speech or hearing problems. You might help a first-grader teased by classmates for her stutter. Or a grand-dad who wants to talk to his grandchildren over the telephone. Your degree will prepare you to work in Alabama’s public schools as an assistant to a speech therapist or go on to graduate school to become a licensed speech therapist or audiologist yourself. Then choose to work in the public school system, in a hospital, or set up your own private practice.

Points of Pride

AUM’s is one of the few Communication Disorders programs in the country where undergraduate students receive direct clinical experience with patients — and they can do it in AUM’s own Speech and Hearing Clinic.    

  • The Clinic is the contractor of choice with the Montgomery Public Schools for children with speech disorders. This relationship gives AUM speech and hearing students experience working with children.
  • Our program has an excellent track record in placing students in graduate school.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in Communications Disorders will give you excellent job prospects — with higher-than-average salaries.  Employment of speech language pathologists and audiologists through 2024 is expected to grow more than 20%, much faster than the average for all occupations. And their median pay is in excess of $70,000 per year – higher than the median annual wage of all occupations.


U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample data

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Speech language pathologist

$71,550 per year

21% (29,900 more jobs)

Audiologist

$73,060 per year

29% (3,800 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Communication Disorders

Auburn University at Montgomery

7177 Halcyon Summit Dr.

334-244-3408

hadams9@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks

  • Nikki Stephens is a speech-language pathologist in the Montgomery Public Schools.
  • Cassie Pierce is a speech-language pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery.
  • Jennifer Camp Gillespie is a speech-language pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery.
  • Kelcy Andrews will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Montevallo in the fall.
  • Emily Ballard Stewart is a speech-language pathologist with Easter Seals.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Communication Disorders major includes:


Course #

Course Name

Course Description

CMDS 4570

Neuropathy Aspects of Comm

Introduction to anatomy and physiology of the brain and nervous system. Relationship between neuroscience and communication disorders and hearing.

CMDS 4911

Observations in Speech

Orientation and introduction to supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders.

CMDS 4410

Phonetics

Basic study of the sound system of the English language. Includes principles of sound production, phonetic transcription, and the acoustical basis of phonetics. (Same as THEA 4413.)

CMDS 4530

Language Development

Models of language development with emphasis on cognitive-linguistic-pragmatic aspects, along with theories of language acquisition and language development from birth to adolescence.

CMDS 4600

Intro Audiology & Hearing Dis

Principles of auditory reception, the hearing mechanism, and the problems involved in measuring, evaluating, and conserving hearing. Types and causes of auditory disorders and basic principles of special auditory tests for site of lesion.

CMDS 4601

Clinical Practicum I in Audiology

Orientation and introduction to supervised clinical management of hearing disorders. Hands-on learning exercises in clinical management of hearings disorders.

CMDS 4650

Dysphagia

Normal processes of mastication and swallowing to include both the anatomy and physiology of the oral motor and hyolaryngeal mechanisms, along with various problems that may occur at each stage. Assessment of the swallow and remediation techniques to be discussed.

CMDS 4914

Clinical Procedures in Speech

Introduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders. Must take course three times.

CMDS 4621

Clinical Practicum II in Audiology

Introduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of audiometric services. Hands-on learning exercises in clinical management of hearing disorders.

CMDS 3400

The Speech & Hearing Mechanism

Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism.

CMDS 4560

Speech and Hearing Science

Introduction to the normal aspects of speech, language, and hearing, including physiological aspects of speech, acoustics of speech sounds, speech perception, research tools, and evolutionary aspects of language and speech.

CMDS 4640

Language and Cognition

Congenital and acquired disorders of language and cognition in relation to normal development and approaches to therapeutic management of both language and cognitive deficits.

CMDS 4914

Clinical Procedures in Speech

Introduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders. Must take course three times.

CMDS 4520

Voice/Craniofacial Anomalies

Introduction to voice and craniofacial anomalies and the assessment and treatment of these disorders.

CMDS 4580

Fluency Disorders

The nature and treatment of the disorders of fluency.

CMDS 4590

Diagnosis/Management in Speech-Language Pathology

Evaluation and clinical management of speech-language disorders with emphasis on assessment techniques and therapeutic principles and processes.

CMDS 4610

Writing for Speech Path & Audiology

Advanced writing strategies in the fields of communication science disorders to include report writing in the areas of assessment and treatment and business and professional documentation.

CMDS 4914

Clinical Procedures in Speech

Introduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders.