BSED Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dear CSD Major:

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed below each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. Two sample schedules are provided as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term (one includes summer semester matriculation and one does not).  The elective courses must be selected with your advisor to satisfy all Georgia requirements, the core curriculum, required lab sciences, and any multicultural requirements.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) provides a program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Communication Disorders. This program is designed to introduce students to the field of Speech-Language Pathology and to allow them to develop knowledge specific to intervention for individuals with communication disorders. The B.S. E.d. degree is a pre-professional degree. The program goals for the undergraduate program are to provide the undergraduate student an education in normal and disordered aspects of communication and to provide undergraduates with pre-professional training to prepare them to enter graduate programs in communicative disorders. The department of CSD helps students to develop fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for working with people of all ages having a wide range of speech, language, and hearing problems. The four-year curriculum includes course work, observation, writing assignments, experiences, and normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing. The first two years of the curriculum emphasize general education while the last two years emphasize specialized course work in CSD, observation, writing assignments, experiences, and elective course work. With appropriate scheduling, students can obtain a minor in a related area.

The undergraduate curriculum has been specifically designed to prepare students for graduate study. This occurs because Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists must have a Master's Degree, pass a national test, and complete a Clinical Fellowship experience to be certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or to obtain a state license to practice speech-language pathology or audiology.  As such, students completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Communication Disorders are not eligible for state or national certification.

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program provides numerous opportunities for students to apply and practice knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to individuals with a variety of communication disorders.  Students begin these experiences in the on-campus speech and hearing clinic during their first semester of graduate study under the close supervision of clinical faculty. The Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is an accredited program in the area of speech-language pathology and is an approved program of the Professional Standards Commission of the state of Georgia.  Students earning the master's degree are eligible for a service certificate (S-5) and the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) Association which allows them to work in the public schools of Georgia, as well as hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers and private practices. 

Students who complete the major in Communication Sciences and Disorders will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. All Communication Sciences and Disorders majors complete the core curriculum, Areas A-F, with area F being specific to Communication Sciences and Disorders. Upon being admitted to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, students then follow a block schedule of their major classes during their junior and senior years. Upon graduation, they are eligible for the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Program website: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/communication-sciences-and-disorders/programs/bachelor-of-science-in-education.php

Office Location: Health Sciences and Business Administration Building, Room 2017

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 1101 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
Math or science from Area D 3
EDUC 2130 3
KSPE 2000 2
KSPE 1XXX 1
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
ENGL 1102 3
POLS 1101 3
BIOL w/lab from Area D 4
EDUC 2110 3
PERS 2XXX 2
KSPE 1XXX 1
Total hours 16
Summer Hrs.
ACED 2400 (this course can be exempted, see advisor) 3
Total hours 3

Milestones: Complete Georgia Government & history requirement. Complete regent’s requirement. Overall 3.00 GPA or higher. Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits, attaining sophomore status.

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
ENGL 2111, 2112, or 2113 3
PSYC 1101 3
MATH 1111 or 1101 3
EDUC 2120 3
Foreign Language or Language Arts (ENGL 2080 is recommended) 3
PERS 2XXX 2
Total hours 17
Spring Hrs.
CSD 2998 0
MATH 2620 3
Physical science w/lab from Area D 4
Area E elective 3
KSPE 2150 2
Area C elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 3.00 GPA or higher. Accumulate 60 or more collegiate credits, attaining junior status. Get admitted to Teacher Education.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
CSD 3010 3
CSD 3040 3
CSD 3060 3
CSD 3070 3
PSYC 3120, 3220, 3210, 3200, 3700, OR 3710 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
CSD 3020 3
CSD 3080 3
CSD 4020 3
CSD 4040 3
SPEC 3000 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 3.00 GPA or higher. Accumulate 90 or more collegiate credits, attaining senior status. Apply for graduation.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
DEAF 4050 3
CSD 4070 3
CSD 4120 3
CSD 4151 3
SPEC 3020 OR PSYC 3300 3
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
CSD 4050 3
CSD 4110 3
CSD 4130 3
CSD 4140 3
Guided Elective 3
Total hours 15

Milestones: Overall 3.00 GPA or higher. Apply for Graduate School during the first semester of your senior year. Accumulate 126 collegiate credits.