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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:

None provided at this time.

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:

None provided at this time.

Special Education

Student Resources and Services


Students in CSSE 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.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Observation Resources

Students completing requirements leading to the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology must complete at least 25 clock hours of supervised clinical observation experiences, according to the following standards:

Students entering the UGA graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders are required to obtain these hours before beginning clinic practicum. Follow these procedures and documentation requirements for verifying completion of observation hours:

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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.

Grant Projects

Sponsored research within the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education:

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 Athens area. The clinic is an integral part of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, where students earning a master’s degree provide services to individuals with a wide range of hearing, speech, and language disorders and communication differences. Evidence-based services and outreach programs are offered by faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Georgia professional licensure in audiology or speech-language pathology and by graduate students under the direct supervision of these experienced professionals.

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