Graduate School and Professional Studies
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 2200
Matthew Bakke, Ph.D. (Chair); Steven Ackley, Ph.D.; Karen Garrido-Nag, M.Ph.; Wendy Hanks, Ph.D.; Sanyukta Jaiswal, Ph.D.; Bomjun Kwon, Ph.D.; Carol LaSasso, Ph.D.; Larry Medwetsky, Ph.D.; Brenda Seal, Ph.D.
The Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences has offered graduate courses since 1957. The department's M.S. degree program in speech-language pathology was established in 1987. A clinical doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) was initiated in 1998 to replace a long-standing M.S. program in audiology. Both programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-language pathology. The programs prepare highly trained audiologists and speech-language pathologists for a variety of educational, clinical, and rehabilitative settings.
Each graduate program offers unique opportunities for instruction and independent study within a framework designed to meet the goals and needs of the individual student. Close interaction among students, clinical educators, and faculty is provided in a setting that offers a wide array of academic and clinical experiences. The clinical practicum varies from student to student. On-campus sites include the University's Hearing and Speech Center, the Child Development Center, Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. Housed in the Hearing and Speech Center are the audiology, speech-language pathology, and aural rehabilitation clinics. The center's professional staff provides the highest quality supervision for students in audiology and speech-language pathology, while also providing services to the Gallaudet and metropolitan D.C. communities.
In addition to the variety of on-campus sites, off-campus affiliations offer the student an opportunity to gain experience through exceptional clinical internships. Among those facilities available are Washington Medical Center, Children's Hospital of DC, Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Professional Hearing Services, Montgomery County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Easter Seal Treatment Center, Maryland School for the Deaf, Arlington-Fairfax Hearing and Speech Center, Fairfax County Health Department, Georgetown University Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, hospitals in Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, and Prince George's County, the Listening Center at Johns Hopkins University, and several additional hospital, private practice and public school sites.