Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders Informational Page

Department Mission and Description 

Consistent with the Mission of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the primary purpose of the Department of Communication Disorders is to provide a high quality instructional program in speech-language pathology.  The Department engages students in research and professional activities that promote lifelong learning.  The Department strives to educate and prepare students to be responsive, reflective, and collaborative decision makers who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and technological expertise to earn appropriate credentials, licenses and/or certifications to practice ethically and successfully.

The department, which is located in the College of Education, offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and the Master of Science in Education degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The Master's program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The Department's facilities in the College of Education include clinical treatment rooms which can be monitored by faculty/staff from their offices, complete auditory testing facilities, speech and hearing science laboratories, an assistive technology center, seminar and study rooms, and offices for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Our faculty members strive to guarantee students a top quality, innovative and relevant education experience. While excellent teaching is central to our mission, our faculty afford equal importance to clinical service and research.

We welcome the opportunity to prepare young professionals in speech-language pathology. We believe that our instructional programs and facilities are outstanding. We invite you to discover your future at UNK.

Department Objectives 

To provide a preprofessional undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders which prepares the student for graduate studies in the field and offers clinical observation and an introduction to the clinical practicum experience.

To provide a specialized program at the graduate level which includes state of the art theoretical information and intervention techniques. Technology is a strong component of this program with a comprehensive speech science lab.

To provide the sequence of courses and practicum experiences necessary to obtain licensure and/or become endorsed as a speech-language pathologist upon completion of the Master's degree.