Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Northern Iowa offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our undergraduate students complete a major in communication disorders. The pre-professional aspects of our undergraduate program in communication disorders include meaningful realistic learning experiences. To meet most state licensure and national certification standards, individuals who wish to work as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must complete a master's degree in their desired discipline. Therefore, the undergraduate major in communication disorders is designed to provide the academic preparation and experiences required for admission into a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. Students in the undergraduate major can also elect to complete the course work requirements for the Iowa Department of Education endorsement for educational audiologists or speech-language pathologists

Audiology and speech-language pathology are ranked in the top 20 “Best Health Care Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report.


The undergraduate major requires a course in statistics (STAT 1772 Introduction to Statistical Methods). The Standards for Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology require courses in the biological, physical and social/behavioral sciences. These are courses students might complete before they transfer to UNI.


Undergraduate Major, B.A.

Communication Disorders – Pre Speech-Language Pathology Option

Communication Disorders – Pre Audiology Option

Graduate Programs:


High rate of employment

Nearly 100 percent of our M.A. speech-language pathology students are employed after graduation. Students choose employment in education and health care settings after graduation.

Undergraduate clinical experience

Students in our undergraduate program gain clinical experience through our Clinical Processes course taken in the junior year and Clinic Practice course completed during the senior year. The opportunity for undergraduate clinical experience is a unique feature of the UNI communication disorders program.

Student groups – National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association and ASL Club

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at UNI have many opportunities to become involved in our student groups. The program has a very active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This group sponsors many community service and social activities during the year and organizes the Iowa Conference on Communication Disorders. Students also might participate in our Deaf Cultural Experience club to gain awareness and appreciation for Deaf culture throughout the University of Northern Iowa campus and surrounding community.


96% of last years students are continuing their education or employed



Speech Language Pathologist 

Speech Language Assistant

Educational Assistant

Community Trainer


Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Debbie Burroughs
Office Coordinator
Communications Sciences and Disorders
Phone: 319-273-2496

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