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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.


  • 570 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602

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.

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.

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

Including any certificates, certifications, and endorsements:

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.

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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:

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 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.

Programs, Services, Events

Outreach Units

  • Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic
    A clinical training and research site for graduate students working towards BCBA certification.
  • Speech and Hearing Clinic
    Here, students get hands-on training from experienced faculty and professionals, while providing comprehensive prevention, evaluation, and treatment of hearing, swallowing, and communication disorders and differences.
  • Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development
    The Torrance Center™ for Creativity and Talent Development is a service, research, and instructional center concerned with the identification and development of creative potential and with gifted and future studies. Its goals are to investigate, implement, and evaluate techniques for enhancing creative thinking and to facilitate national and international systems that support creative development.

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