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Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education


This department focuses on the special needs of people of all ages who benefit from a range of approaches to teaching, learning, or communication. Programs in communication sciences and disorders, special education, birth through kindergarten programs, and American Sign Language all reflect our fundamental belief that all people should be as independent as possible.

We value high-quality research that generates new knowledge, the best possible applications of current knowledge, and to share our expertise with those who can benefit from it. We welcome all inquiries from students, professionals, community members, and families.

Academic Programs

American Sign Language

The department's outstanding American Sign Language (ASL) instructors include native users of sign language with expertise in linguistics, deaf culture, and the teaching of ASL as a second language. University of Georgia students from all schools and colleges can complete three or four semesters of ASL to satisfy foreign language requirements for their degrees. ASL faculty and students are involved in a wide range of university and community programs and activities.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis in American Sign Language:

Non-Degree Programs

Also from the American Sign Language Program:

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree and certificate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare students to be future leaders in speech-language pathology, audiology, and related areas. Nationally known faculty lead research efforts that contribute to the knowledge base of the discipline and provide state, regional, and national clinical leadership. Our Speech and Hearing Clinic is the largest academically associated clinic at UGA and has been providing outstanding services to the community since 1953.

Non-Degree Programs

Also from the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program:

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Special Education

Opportunities in general curriculum, adapted curriculum, birth through kindergarten, study abroad programs, behavior analyst certification, and other options span the full range of special education academic and clinical preparation, research, and service opportunities. Special education faculty manage many large instructional, research, and service grants in autism, assistance to persons who are deaf-blind, early intervention, learning disabilities, behavioral disabilities, technology, literacy development, and other areas. Well-known faculty, outstanding students, and collaborative research and educational contributions all support the Special Education Program's excellent national rankings and reputation.

Non-Degree Programs

Also from the Special Education Program:

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Student Resources


Students in Communication Disorders and Special Education Programs maintain active local chapters of national organizations. All students in departmental programs and courses have multiple opportunities to engage in university and community service and immersion experiences related to people and families living with a range of communication and education needs.

Faculty and Research


Faculty research programs investigate typical and atypical communication, development, and education; explore the nature of conditions that impact education and communication; develop new methods for prevention, measurement, assessment, intervention, education, and management; and share this knowledge in research articles, presentations, seminars, websites, and other outlets. Faculty have collaborative relationships in research, instruction, clinical practice, and service with professionals in most UGA colleges and schools and with multiple external research, educational, and clinical sites.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service


The University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic provides thousands of hours of education, prevention, screening, assessment, and intervention for infants, children, and adults in the region. Related departmental research and outreach programs help individuals and families living with hearing loss, communication disorders after stroke, a loved one who is deaf-blind, autism, typical and atypical development for ages birth through kindergarten, severe behavior disorders, and a range of other educational, social, behavioral, and communication needs.

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