Our mission is to prepare students for careers in speech-language pathology by educating master’s level speech-language pathologists who meet all requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Students will attain knowledge and skills in basic human communication processes, and in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders. In addition, we aim to provide undergraduate students with the academic background enabling them to successfully enter graduate education in Communication Disorders. To accomplish this mission, the Department will (1) maintain Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) standards of accreditation in the academic and clinical education of its graduate students; (2) maintain high standards in clinical services and pre-service clinical education; (3) encourage ethical practice among all students, faculty and staff; and (4) advance the understanding of human communication and related disorders through adherence to evidence-based practices, as well as faculty and student research activities. It is our mission to create a learning community that values diversity, advocates for life-long learning, promotes a culture of collaboration and respect for others, and guides the development of professionals to provide competent and compassionate service to people with communication disorders and their families throughout the lifespan in educational and health care settings.