A Calling to Care
Speech language pathology and audiology are inherently service careers. The professionals who choose this life are called to a life of caring, using their gifts to better the lives of others. Our innovative degree programs are built on a foundation of rigorous academics, service and leadership.
Don’t be jealous or proud; be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourself.
Philippians 2: 3-5
As a department, we work to create interprofessional relationships with the many disciplines represented within Samford's College of Health Sciences, offering programming that is truly innovative and exciting. We have developed community partnerships with existing hospitals, schools and clinics so that our students observe and work with varied professionals within the field of health care.
We hold fast to a code of values and an overarching philosophy of faith in our words and actions, excellence in our student outcomes, integrity, life-long learning, teamwork and service, which is at the core of all that we do. We feel strongly that if we maintain these standards, our students will provide an excellent level of care for all of those they touch.
- Faith: We live our faith by our words and actions.
- Excellence: We strive for excellence in our academic programming and in our students' learning outcomes.
- Integrity: We embrace persons who hold themselves to a higher standard.
- Learning: We provide a platform for becoming life-long learners.
- Teamwork: We believe that together we are stronger.
- Service: We believe in serving others as our gifts and talents allow.
Undergraduate Major & Minor
Communication Sciences and Disorders Major
There is something special about those who use their gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. This undergraduate major is designed to foster a love for others while providing you the knowledge and practical experience to continue your education at the graduate level and attain your personal career goals.
Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor
The minor in communication sciences and disorders consists of 22 hours of coursework. Students pursuing the minor will be required to take all of CSDS courses listed at Samford to earn this designation. For those seeking to pursue a graduate MS SLP degree at Samford, completion of the minor will allow these students to apply to the two-year program.
Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
We offer this degree for one reason: to help you become a highly qualified speech language pathologist with the skills, compassion and motivation to make a difference where you live. We do this through faith-based academic course work and clinical placements designed to help you reach your career goals.
The best way to develop your craft as a service provider is through hands-on experience. In both of our degree programs, field experience is a vital part of your education, helping you learn in ways that cannot be replicated in the classroom. For our undergraduate students, that means hours spent observing professionals in a variety of settings. You’ll see the theories and ideas you learn in the classroom put to use helping clients with a wide variety of communication challenges.
For graduate students, we have a system in place to help you individualize your final placements to ensure requirements are met. These placements can be secured in various regions of the country. Guided by our directors of clinical education and contracts manager, we can help you design these placements around your career objectives.
And finally, our faculty bring a diverse level of experience to your education, not only clinically but academically. They are prepared to guide you through the process of becoming an exceptional speech-language pathologist.
This summer we will host two clinics.
July 11-14, 2022
Pirate Clinic is a specialty clinic for children rising first grade through rising eighth grade who are having difficulty with the "R" sound. Sessions will be one hour each day. Graduate students will conduct the intervention sessions, supervised by faculty of the Samford University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Applications will open on March 1st at 8 a.m. and close June 1st at 9 p.m.
Speech Sound Disorders Clinic
July 18-22, 2022
Speech Sound Disorders Clinic is a specialty clinic for children three years and older with articulation disorders. Sessions will be one hour each day. Graduate students will conduct the assessment and intervention sessions, supervised by faculty of the Samford University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Applications will open on March 1st at 8 a.m. and close June 1st at 9 p.m.
AAC: Options and Implementation for the Classroom
Friday, April 8
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences
Cost: $35, Seminar free for current Samford clinical educators
Annually, as we close out the academic year, our department chooses to reflect on the successes, challenges and defining moments of the year prior. We always find there is much to learn and celebrate.
We invite you to click through the links below and join us in reflecting on the highlights, departmental news and features.
To our community partners, alumni, students and families, you are valued members of our family and many of these moments would not have been possible without your support. Thank you.