The Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department at Gallaudet University is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Department serves many functions and responsibilities within the University by:
- Providing graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences;
- Offering a range of clinical services to the Gallaudet and metropolitan DC communities;
- Offering undergraduate courses relating to speech, hearing and consumerism, and graduate courses in audiology and amplification to other departments on campus;
- Supporting research aimed at a broad range of areas affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
The Department's M.S. program in speech-language pathology provides a broad background in speech-langauage-hearing development, differences, and discorders with an emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The non-clinical M.S. in HSLS is an individually-designed degree with masters level course work without a clinical focus.
The audiology degree program (Au.D.) is designed to produce audiologists fully trained to work with hard of hearing and deaf individuals, offering a broad and intense academic curriculum and an integrated sequential clinical experience. The program is unique in that it trains audiologists to be proficient in American Sign Language with an understanding of the deaf community.
The department also offers a Ph.D. program that prepares post-masters SLPs and AUDs for faculty teaching and research positions in universities and other research facilities.