The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders, offered through OLLU's new established Elizabeth Carrow Woolfolk and Robert M. Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, prepares students for graduate study. The degree provides the basic coursework required for entry into any graduate program in communication disorders in the country. The master's degree is required for licensure as a speech-language pathologist by the state of Texas and for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Students who opt to earn only the bachelor's degree in communication disorders can obtain employment in various positions requiring a general bachelor's degree. Students will meet the coursework and observation requirements to be licensed as a speech-language pathology assistant by the state of Texas. However, students will not be able to obtain the supervised practicum in the bachelor's program. Students obtaining the bachelor's degree will have opportunities for observation of diagnostic and intervention sessions with variety of patients at the on-campus speech and hearing clinic.
OLLU established the first CDIS program in South Texas more than 50 years ago and was the first institution in the state to combine professional training with clinical service through the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Center. The center provides assessment and intervention for speech, language and hearing disorders to both English and Spanish-speaking clients of all ages.
Communication Disorders degree plan and course descriptions
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
Students in the CDIS program also have the opportunity to join the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The Association, sponsored by the Communication and Learning Disorders department, strives to build a closer affiliation between students and professionals in the field of communication disorders.
Woolfolk Professional Development Conference
The Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk Conference is presented every two years by the Communication and Learning Disorders department, the Harry Jersig Center, and the Continuing Education Office. The conference is dedicated to promoting research in child language disorders and advancing the treatment of children with language and learning disabilities. The conference is named for benefactor Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk, PhD. Dr. Woolfolk, a nationally recognized expert in communications disorders and OLLU alumna, has developed a comprehensive set of tests to evaluate oral and written comprehension and expression. She established OLLU's communication and learning disorders program more than 50 years ago and continues as an active supporter of the program.