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Communication Sciences and Disorders

95-100% of Augustana graduates who apply to graduate programs are admitted.

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Augustana offers a 33-credit major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It is the only CSD program in Illinois that focuses solely on undergraduate education.  

Careers and internships

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) training prepares students for careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, speech science, hearing science, health care, education, and sales of clinical, education and health-related materials. (See list)

Every year, 95-100% of Augustana graduates who apply to graduate programs are admitted, and half of those who go on to graduate school receive teaching or research fellowships in their advanced programs.

Some recent grads:

Michelle Johnson '17 is a graduate assistant at Texas Christian University.

Marissa Hollems '17 is a student in the speech-language pathology master's program at Midwestern University, Downer's Grove, Ill.

Kelly Wallner '17 is an assistant clinician at Leep Forward Therapeutic Preschool, Chicago.

Madeline Gannon '16 is a graduate student in the speech-language pathology master's program at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Annie Martines '16 is a graduate student in the speech-language pathology master's program at Louisiana State University.

Ashlea Pearson '16 is a graduate student in the speech-language pathology master's program at Arizona State University.

Jamie Graf ’15 is a speech-language pathologist at Children's Therapy Services, Denver.

Brittany Burk ’15 is a speech-language pathologist at Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign, Ill.

Amber Arvin '15 is a speech-language pathologist at Katiebug Therapy in Plainfield, Ill.

Brittany Burk ’15 is a speech-language pathologist at Carle Foundation Hospital, Morton, Ill.

Jessica Andujar '15 is a speech-language pathologist at Genesis Rehab Services, Chicago.

Megan Alano Covey ’14 a speech-language pathologist at Turning Point Autism Foundation, Naperville, Ill.

Taylor Flanagan ’14 is a graduate student in the speech-language pathology master's program at Truman State University, Missouri.

Nicole Vondra ’14 is a speech-language pathologist at CI Pediatric Therapy Centers, Sun Prairie, Wis.

Evelyn Pulkowski '14 is a graduate  assistant at the University of Iowa teaching in the Department of Linguistics.

Lora Collison ’13 is a speech-language pathologist at North Shore Pediatric Therapy, Chicago.


Augustana's program is the only CSD program in Illinois that focuses solely on undergraduate education. Components of the major include substantial clinical experience and research and service learning, all with the close support of the faculty.

CSD majors receive instruction and mentoring as student speech-language pathologists and audiologists working with clients in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. The clinic provides intervention to some 85 families a term; CSD majors perform most clinical services, supervised by faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The center's facilities in the Betsey Brodahl Building house the classroom and student-clinician workroom, seven assessment-intervention rooms, an audiology suite, two research labs, a conference room and faculty offices.

Augustana CSD majors have been selected to present their research findings at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association every year for the past 10 years. For more than 25 consecutive years, CSD majors have presented at annual state conventions.

Along with their training in the on-campus Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing, Augustana graduates perform data-based research, a final thesis and professional class presentation for the Senior Inquiry capstone project.

What students say

Katrina Jensen '11, CSD and psychology; graduate student in speech pathology at the University of Arizona:
"My experiences at Augustana have made me come to see myself as fearless. I have found myself in challenging situations that I thought impossible, but in persevering and seeing how I have grown as a result, I have realized that with a little confidence, faith and help from friends, you can get through anything. I was able to volunteer abroad teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand, and it completely changed the way I view life. The kids at my school were so excited about learning and were so affectionate towards me and the other volunteers. My last day at the school all my 3rd and 4th graders lined up to say good-bye to me. I have never felt so special in my whole life, and that is a moment that I will never forget."

Grant Ollenburger '12, CSD graduate student for speech-language pathology at Louisiana State University "I did not think I would be preparing to move to Louisiana four years ago, but I am proud of my accomplishments at Augustana. Four years ago, I did not know what direction I was heading, in terms of a future job, but with the help of my advisors, I was able to find my true vocational calling as a speech-language pathologist. The faculty have devoted a lot of time outside of the classroom to ensure I can accomplish the academic success that I desire. They are pleased to assist the students and direct them to sources outside the classroom to enrich their education."

Katie Devore '12, CSD, psychology and Spanish; graduate student at University of Iowa speech-language pathology program 
"My college experience has far surpassed what I had expected. I came to Augustana not sure of my future. At Augie, I've developed a strong circle of friends, traveled overseas and have been accepted into graduate schools across the country. I couldn't ask for a better college experience. The CSD faculty helped me immensely to get to where I am now. They were always supportive, approachable and a constant source of knowledge and wisdom."

Augustana to offer master’s degree in speech-language pathology

A critical nationwide need for speech-language pathologists has emerged in the last decade, and Augustana is ready to fill the gap. Starting in 2020, students can begin work on their master’s degree in speech-language pathology.

Royal Ball Run funding helps Augustana support those with autism

Augustana College’s Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing received $25,000 from the Royal Ball Run in 2016. These funds help provide the center’s services to those with autism spectrum disorder.

Ann Perreau, CSD

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