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Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

Professionals and students in Communication Sciences and Special Education focus on meeting the needs of all people who might benefit from a range of approaches to teaching, learning, or communication. Our work is guided by the four strategic principles of the Mary Frances Early College of Education, which begin with diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people and also include high quality research, instruction, and outreach. We welcome all inquiries from students, professionals, community members, and families.

Academic programs in communication sciences and disorders, special education, birth through kindergarten programs, American Sign Language, and other specialties reflect our fundamental belief that all people should be as independent as they can possibly be.

Research

We value high-quality research that generates new knowledge and we value the best possible applications of current knowledge.

Service

Through the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic, and other outreach activities, we share our expertise with those who may benefit from it.

Concentrations

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Special Education

    Our special education degree programs offer opportunities for students to work in general curriculum, adapted curriculum, and birth through kindergarten areas.

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

Master of Science (MS)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • PhD in Special Education

    Build on your experience in special education with a PhD program individualized to your goals in adapted or general curriculum or elementary education.

  • PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Earn the highest level of academic achievement in the field of communication sciences and disorders through specialized study in your area of interest.

Non-Degree Programs

Endorsements

  • Dyslexia Endorsement

    The 15-hour online Dyslexia Endorsement provides teachers, clinicians, and specialists with specific knowledge related to reading and language development.

Our clinicsWe are home to the UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic , which add depth to our programs.
Community servicesWe offer summer programs for all ages, as well as speech and hearing screenings for children and adults in the community.
Faculty profileAssociate Professor Kevin Ayres launched the BCBA clinic following the successful start of a program to train educators in Board-Certified Behavioral Analysis.

Scholarships

In addition to the following departmental scholarships, learn more about additional opportunities for financial assistance on our financial aid page .

Student Organizations

CommunicAID+Nation

CommunicAID Nation was founded as a non-profit organization in Atlanta in 2012 as a means to provide resources and support for individuals with communication needs. By offering access to direct and affordable services, providing financial assistance, and by supplying assistive technology devices, CommunicAID Nation enables individuals with communication disorders to access the world around them.

We encourage people to find their voice and we advocate within the community and local government to create change. We feel strongly that everyone deserves to be heard.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

We provide students in the fields of human communication sciences and disorders an opportunity to share ideas in assessment and treatment; provide information; provide community service and social interaction.

Faculty advisor: Nancy Dellaria

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

This professional organization promotes the advancement and education of all individuals with exceptional traits.

Faculty advisor: Allison U. Nealy

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Faculty and Staff

Laurie Achin
Lecturer
Kevin M Ayres
Professor
Sandie Bass-Ringdahl
Clinical Associate Professor
Heather Boyle
Program Coordinator IV
Jennifer A. Brown
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Rachel R. Cagliani
Assistant Professor
Liang Chen
Associate Professor
Amy Childre
Clinical Assistant Professor
Thomas J. Clees
Associate Professor
Carol Darrah
Project Coordinator
Alicia B. Davis
Clinical Professor
Nancy B. Dellaria
Clinical Associate Professor
Patrick Finn
Professor
Diane Foster
Family Engagement Coordinator
Alisa Norris Fountain
Clinical Associate Professor
Erin E. Hamel
Assistant Professor
Bethany Hamilton-Jones
Clinical Professor and Department Head
Holly Kaplan
Clinical Professor Emeritus
Hannah Krimm
Assistant Professor
Amber Laws
Administrative Specialist II
Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz
Associate Professor
Jennifer H. Lindstrom
Associate Professor
Anne K. Marcotte
Professor Emeritus
Melissa Montalvo
Business Manager I
SoMang Moon
Clinical Assistant Professor
Leslie Elisabeth Moon
Student Affairs Professional III
Alison Morrison
Clinical Assistant Professor
Allison U. Nealy
Clinical Professor
Laura Nichols
Clinical Associate Professor and CMSD Program Coordinator
Amy Peterson
Lecturer
Terry Jean (T.J.) Ragan
Clinical Associate Professor
Joel Ringdahl
Professor
Nina Santus
Clinical Assistant Professor
Kristin L. Sayeski
Associate Professor
Mini Shrivastav
Part Time Sr. Research Scientist
Sekita D Stroud
Program Coordinator II
Ainsley Vergara
Clinical Assistant Professor
Kimberly Viel-Ruma
Clinical Associate Professor

Contact Info

Department Head: Bethany Hamilton-Jones
  • Phone: 706-542-4561
570 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
© University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
706‑542‑3000