Communication Disorders

Department Location

Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Program Assistant

Susan Kostopoulos
Tel: 203-416-3950
kostopouloss@sacredheart.edu

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 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. This accreditation 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

Interprofessional Work is Key to Schoolchildren’s Success

February 22, 2019

About 40 Sacred Heart University students studying education, social work, speech-language pathology and physical and occupational therapy recently got a look at how their disciplines intertwine in school environments, thanks to a grant from the College of Health Professions. The graduate students participated in a three-hour program that aimed to help them better understand each other’s roles and how they overlap to help the children they one day will assist to have more meaningful, rewarding and successful school experiences.

SHU Audiology Clinic voted Readers’ Choice for Best in hearing health by readers of Fairfield Magazine

January 24, 2019

SHU Audiology Clinic voted Readers’ Choice for Best in hearing health by readers of Fairfield Magazine

SHU Offers Undergraduate Major in Communication Disorders

January 24, 2019

Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions has established a new undergraduate major program in communication disorders, opening in fall of 2019. It will prepare students for graduate work in the fields of speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology. The degree can be pursued as either a traditional 4-year or an accelerated 3+2 program. The 3+2 option includes three years of undergraduate work before entering the two year master’s degree program. The undergraduate curriculum consists of courses in preparation for graduate work, including anatomy, physiology, and neurology of speech, language, hearing and swallowing; as well as courses on the typical development of speech, language, and hearing; the nature of sound, and the structure of language. The program also requires courses in science, math and psychology.