302-831-3859 cscd-info@udel.edu


“A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound. It may be developmental or acquired. Individuals may demonstrate one or any combination of communication disorders. A communication disorder may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


University of Delaware – The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge, and foster the free exchange of ideas.
College of Health Sciences – As an Academic Center in Delaware, the mission of the Delaware’s College of Health Sciences is to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals in a collaborative and inclusive interprofessional learning environment, to provide accessible, innovative and culturally competent health and wellness care services, and to explore ways to improve health outcomes through science, technology, and advanced research.
Communication Sciences and Disorders – To educate the next generation of clinicians and researchers engaged in the management of individuals with communication disorders; To advance our understanding of the nature and management of communication disorders.; and to provide high quality services to individuals with communication disorders.


College of Health Sciences – An inclusive and engaging Academic Health Center that advances excellence in health education, research and care to benefit that quality of life for all people.
Communication Sciences and Disorders – A premier innovative center that addresses communication sciences and disorders through multidisciplinary approaches to education, research, and service.


The Communication Sciences and Disorders program fosters a unique and unified approach to clinical education and innovative research opportunities, and cultivates collaborative relationships with community, regional, national, and global partners.

Mission: To educate the next generation of clinicians and researchers engaged in the management of individuals with communication disorders.


MA Program in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Prepare MA students in Speech-Language Pathology who:
    • Use a systematic and logical approach in their assessment and treatment of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan,
    • Base their decision-making on research evidence, clients’ values and beliefs, ethical standards, and the constraints of the clinical settings, and
    • Possess the knowledge and skills to deliver services effectively and efficiently.


Doctoral and Post-Doctoral program

  • Provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to become independent scholars, educators, and leaders for the future.


Continuing Education for practicing clinicians

  • Provide practicing clinicians with cutting-edge knowledge and experiences that will enhance their capacity to provide high-quality services to individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.
Mission: To advance our understanding of the nature and management of communication disorders.
  • Conduct state-of-the-art basic, translational, and clinical research in the areas of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Broadly disseminate findings to academics, practitioners, and policy- makers.
Mission: To provide high quality services to individuals with communication disorders.
  • Provide quality client-centered care to a diverse community using research, collaboration, and innovation.
  • Provide services that are based on well-researched assessment and intervention approaches and take into consideration the clinician’s experience and the clients’ preferences, culture, and linguistic background.
  • Provide outreach services to communities that are unserved or underserved.
  • Provide opportunities for support groups and life participation activities that serve diverse communities in our region.


  • National and internationally renowned faculty
  • State-of-the-art research and clinical facilities
  • Instructional approaches (academic and clinical)
  • Financial support from state
  • Market demands
  • No full accreditation
  • Administrative support
  • Cost of graduate program
  • Training Grants
  • Tele-practice (prisons and rural areas)
  • Undergraduate program
  • Expansion of “clinic” to Wilmington and southern Delaware
  • Distance learning-Continuing education
  • Retention of faculty and staff
  • Sustainable financial backing from state
  • Complacency


  • Recruit, admit and enroll a highly diverse student population with outstanding credentials.
  • Provide students with a high-quality program that prepares them for the workplace of the future.
  • Graduate students with the credentials necessary to be successfully employed as speech-language pathologists.
  • Establish seminar/training series for practicing clinicians.
  • Engage practicing clinicians in research.
  • Identify ways to fund graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from outside departmental funds and successfully compete for these funds. 
  • Build infrastructure to support the success of  multiple labs’. 
  • Establish a mentoring program to support successful promotion of faculty. 
  • Disseminate research findings in a variety of venues (presentations, articles).
  • Successfully submit federal and foundation grants.
  • Build reciprocal relationships with community partners.
  • Expand data available for quality improvement and demonstration of value.
  • Advance interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice.
  1. Black LI, Vahratian A, Hoffman HJ. Communication disorders and use of intervention services among children aged 3–17 years: United States, 2012. NCHS data brief, no 205. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015.
  2.  E, Ambrose N. Epidemiology of stuttering: 21st century advances. J Fluency Disord. 2013 Jun; 38(2): 66–87.
  3.  National Aphasia Association. Aphasia FAQs (link is external). Accessed 5/18/2016.
  4. Hoffman HJ, Li C-M, Losonczy K, Chiu MS, Lucas JB, St. Louis KO.Voice, speech, and language disorders in the U.S. population: The 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).  Abstract No. 648(link is external). In Abstracts of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, June 24-27, 2014, Seattle, WA; p. 156.


Speech-Language Hearing Clinic

STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713
Tel: 302-831-7100  | Fax: 302-831-7101



Speech-Language Pathology
Masters Program

The Tower at STAR
100 Discovery Blvd, 5th & 6th Floors
Newark, DE 19713
Tel: 302-831-3859   Fax: 302-831-7101  Email: cscd-info@udel.edu


Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ph.D. Program

The Tower at STAR
100 Discovery Blvd, 5th & 6th Floors
Newark, DE 19713
Tel: 302-831-3859   Fax: 302-831-7101  Email: cscd-info@udel.edu


Discrimination is Against the Law

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the University of Delaware complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the University of Delaware does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the University of Delaware provides:

  • Free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
    • Qualified sign language interpreters
    • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
  • Free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
    • Qualified interpreters
    • Information written in other languages

If you need these services while visiting the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the University of Delaware, please contact:
Lisa Rathbun, Office Manager for the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
(302) 831-7100, slhclinic@udel.edu

If you believe that the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, please visit Complaint Policy/Procedures.

You can file a grievance in person, or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, the Office of Disability Support Services is available to help you. You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)

Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.

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