Communication Disorders

Department Location

Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Program Assistant

Susan Kostopoulos
Tel: 203-416-3950

Prepare for a career in speech-language pathology or audiology by learning to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in patients. Learn about SHU’s Graduate Program, Undergraduate Major or Communication Disorders Online Prerequisite Series.

Graduate Program Undergraduate Major Communication Disorders Online Prerequisite Series

The master’s degree (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology at Sacred Heart University is accredited by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, and is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800 498 2071 or 301 296 5700. Candidacy is a “preaccreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for maximum period of 5 years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will meet all requirements for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists. Our program for teacher endorsement has also been approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education, making graduates eligible to serve as SLPs in Connecticut public schools.

Why Study Communication Disorders?

Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists help people who are struggling with the most basic and critical of skills: speaking, communicating and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists need to have a strong desire to help people, a strong scientific background, and the warmth, sensitivity and resourcefulness to work with people having difficulty communicating. Speech-language pathologists have daily opportunities to make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers, or modify foreign accents of workers to increase their communication potential. Some speech-language pathologists work with actors and singers to enhance their vocal skills.

Becoming an Audiologist

Have you ever wondered what exactly an audiologist does, besides look inside your ears with a lighted instrument? If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about this professional who will be intimately involved in helping you come up with a solution that allows you to communicate more effectively.

An audiologist is a professional who specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Most have earned an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) while others have received a master’s degree from an accredited university, where they received extensive training in the prevention, identification, assessment and non-medical treatment of hearing and balance disorders. They have to complete an internship, pass a national competency examination and obtain professional certification and licensure in the state(s) where they practice.

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Latest News & Events

Sacred Heart Opens New Audiology Clinic to the Public

July 17, 2018

The Sacred Heart University Audiology Clinic has opened its doors to the Bridgeport community and invites area residents to make an appointment to get their hearing loss diagnosed and treated. The full-service clinic delivers hearing health care for individuals across the lifespan, while providing SHU speech-language pathology students with the opportunity to accrue required clinical hours in audiology and aural rehabilitation under the supervision of a licensed audiologist.

Sacred Heart Chapter of the NSSLHA Awarded 2018 Gold Chapter Honors

July 13, 2018

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (National NSSLHA) has awarded the NSSLHA Chapter at Sacred Heart University with 2018 Gold Chapter Honors.

SHU Magazine: Professor Aims to Learn from People Who Stutter and Inspire Therapists

June 26, 2018

"Jill Douglass, speech-language pathology (SLP) professor at Sacred Heart University, hopes to accomplish a number of things through her research and experience. Two of her major goals include guiding SLP students in conducting comprehensive and client-centered therapy for people who stutter and decreasing the impact stuttering has on individuals who stutter..."