Welcome to the Communication and Learning Disorders Department

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication disorders and provides students with hands-on training through an on-campus speech, language and hearing clinic that serves area children and adults. 
 OLLU established the first program in Communication Disorders (CDIS) 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. At both the undergraduate and graduate level, students can earn optional bilingual certification.
Students also have the opportunity to join the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The association, sponsored by the Communication Disorders Department, strives to build a closer affiliation between students and professionals in the field of communication disorders. 

OLLU’s graduate training program in CDIS is accredited in Speech-Language Pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association: 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850-3289. Phone: 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

  The CDIS Department has Three Programs: 

  • The undergraduate major in Speech-Language Pathology provides a pre-professional program for those preparing for graduate study in speech-language pathology. A minor is required in psychology (or other approved area) with this degree. The major is designed to satisfy some requirements for the TX license in speech-language pathology, althought no license is awarded until completion of the master's degree in speech-language pathology. The major does satisfy course requirements for speech-language pathology assistant license in the state of Texas.
  • The post-baccalaureate Leveling Program in Speech-Language Pathology is a one year (two semester) pre-professional program for those preparing for graduate study in speech-language pathology who have completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline.  The program does satisfy course requirements for speech-language pathology assistant licensure in the state of Texas.
  • The MA in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and provides academic and clinical instruction sufficient for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology awarded by ASHA and licensure in the state of Texas. This is a two year full-time program.

Contact Us

Cynthia Davila
Administrative Assistant, Communication and Learning Disorders Program
210-434-6711, ext. 2615

Mary R. Garcia
Office Manager, Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Center
210-434-6711, ext. 7104
Direct #: 210-431-7104

Communication and Learning Disorders Department
Harry Jersig Center
210-434-6711, ext. 2413
Direct: 210-431-3938
Fax: 210-434-9360 

Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.


FALL 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
10:00 am-11:30 noon
Harry Jersig Center Classroom
Click here for more information.

Camp Jersig
The CDIS department offers a two-week summer camp for children with cleft lip and/or palate. Learn more about Camp Jersig.

Child Language & Language Disorders Lab was recently reopened

Eva Nwokah
was awarded the position of the Carrow-Woolfolk Endowed Chair in Child Language by OLLU in November 2013.

Center's founder continues her mission 
Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk is a study in persistence and dedication. 

Voice and Swallowing Care now available
OLLU's Harry Jersig Center now offers voice and swallowing care where patients can benefit from advanced technology and students in the Communication and and Learning Disorders program can develop specialized skills. Read more...

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