Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders

A degree in Communication Disorders prepares students to enhance the quality of life for all ages. Communication disorders are found in both children and adults. These disorders include difficulty comprehending, detecting, or applying language and speech skills, as well as hearing impairment. Problems in these areas make it difficult to verbally engage with others. With a major in Communication Disorders, you are trained to give your clients the tools to communicate so they can live a happier life. You may one day teach a young child who cannot speak to say hello for the first time, or help someone learn to speak again after a stroke.

While you are earning your bachelor’s degree, you’ll study speech and language development. You’ll learn about hearing, the practice of audiology, and how to work with patients in a clinical setting. In AUM’s on-site Speech and Hearing Clinic, you will have the unique opportunity to directly interact with patients in a supervised treatment program.

More About the Program

  • Students enter the Communication Disorders curriculum after achieving junior standing at AUM. Virtually all core curriculum coursework should be completed so that professional education is not interrupted.
  • Students will spend their junior and senior years completing academic coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology and obtaining required clinical training and experience with patients through the Speech and Hearing Center on AUM’s campus. 
  • Students will complete approximately 60 hours of supervised experience in speech-language therapy and assessment and treatment of patients with hearing disorders.

Communication Disorders Program of Study
Communication Disorders Program Application
Communication Disorders Handbook
Directions to AUMSHC

Points of Pride

  • Our students receive supervised hands-on therapy experience in our on-site clinic.
  • Alumni of our program are currently employed in school systems across the state of Alabama, private practice clinics, and rehabilitation centers, to name a few. 
  • 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 future job growth and salaries nationally.
The undergraduate degree in Communications Disorders is an excellent launching pad to graduate school and the superb job prospects that await speech language pathologists and audiologists, and with higher-than-average salaries. Employment of speech language pathologists and audiologists through 2028 is expected to grow 27 percent, and is one of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations. The median annual pay for these professionals was $77,510 as of 2020.

For More Information

Department of Communication Disorders
Auburn University at Montgomery
7177 Halcyon Summit Dr.
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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 NameCourse Description
CMDS 4570Neuropathy Aspects of CommIntroduction to anatomy and physiology of the brain and nervous system. Relationship between neuroscience and communication disorders and hearing.
CMDS 4911Observations in SpeechOrientation and introduction to supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders.
CMDS 4410PhoneticsBasic 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 4530Language DevelopmentModels of language development with emphasis on cognitive-linguistic-pragmatic aspects, along with theories of language acquisition and language development from birth to adolescence.
CMDS 4600Intro Audiology & Hearing DisPrinciples 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 4601Clinical Practicum I in AudiologyOrientation and introduction to supervised clinical management of hearing disorders. Hands-on learning exercises in clinical management of hearings disorders.
CMDS 4914Clinical Procedures in SpeechIntroduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders. Must take course three times.
CMDS 4621Clinical Practicum II in AudiologyIntroduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of audiometric services. Hands-on learning exercises in clinical management of hearing disorders.
CMDS 3400The Speech & Hearing MechanismAnatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism.
CMDS 4560Speech and Hearing ScienceIntroduction 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 4640Language and CognitionCongenital and acquired disorders of language and cognition in relation to normal development and approaches to therapeutic management of both language and cognitive deficits.
CMDS 4914Clinical Procedures in SpeechIntroduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders. Must take course three times.
CMDS 4520Voice/Craniofacial AnomaliesIntroduction to voice and craniofacial anomalies and the assessment and treatment of these disorders.
CMDS 4580Fluency DisordersThe nature and treatment of the disorders of fluency.
CMDS 4590Diagnosis/Management in Speech-Language PathologyEvaluation and clinical management of speech-language disorders with emphasis on assessment techniques and therapeutic principles and processes.
CMDS 4610Writing for Speech Path & AudiologyAdvanced 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 4914Clinical Procedures in SpeechIntroduction to and participation in supervised clinical management of speech and language disorders.

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