The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been part of the University of Redlands campus for more than 50 years. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Redlands is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Graduates from the Master of Science program meet academic and clinical practicum standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Speech-Language Pathology license issued by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. Graduates also meet the requirements for the Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
The course of study in the department is designed to develop excellence in academics and clinical practice. The department values a strong liberal arts foundation to develop thinking skills and communication abilities. The collaborative relationship among students and faculty is personal, meaningful and contributes to a reputation for producing caring and expert professionals.
A minimum of four semesters is required to complete the 39-40 credit Communication Sciences and Disorders major. The following courses are required: CDIS 100, 204, 205, 206, any college-level statistics course, 307, 308, 309, 410, and a capstone; 411 or 413.
Note: CDIS 100 is a prerequisite for most courses in the department.
Core courses (should be taken prior to the intermediate courses):
CDIS 100* (before all others)
CDIS 204, Statistics (must take before CDIS 307)
CDIS 205, 206
Intermediate courses (take no sooner than a junior year; can be taken a senior year):
CDIS 307 (must take before CDIS 308)
CDIS 308 (may be taken a junior year or senior year)
CDIS 410 (senior year only)
CDIS 411 or 413 (senior year only - capstone experience)
Students who minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete a minimum of 24 credits including the following: CDIS 100, 204, 206, 307, one of CDIS 308 or 309, and one additional course in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which may include CDIS 260.
What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Speech-language pathologists (SLP), sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency.
Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; and those with cognitive-communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders. They also work with people who have swallowing difficulties.
General Education Requirements
General Education is a broad description of the curriculum that embodies our commitment to a liberal arts education at the University of Redlands. Our general education conveys the range of fields of study, ways of thinking, and practices of scholarship and creativity that enable students to graduate as critical thinkers capable of innovatively and collaboratively adapting to challenges that come their way in the future.
Our general education is comprised of a Liberal Arts Inquiry (LAI) or Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) curriculum.
Entering first-year students and transfer students arriving with fewer than 32 credits in Fall 2018 will follow the LAI curriculum.
All transfer and returning students with 32 credits or more (i.e., sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in Fall 2018 will follow the LAF curriculum.