University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research & Advocacy to Eliminate Stuttering

Professor Barry Guitar is part researcher, part clinician and part evangelist for a form of speech therapy aimed at young children who stutter that he believes could be as effective as it is controversial in America and Europe.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Connecting liberal arts, health, and education

UVM Communication Sciences and Disorders majors study the form and structure of speech and language, and how speech and language skills are learned, produced, perceived and understood. We offer the only program in the state of Vermont that prepares students to become speech-language pathologists.

Students become familiar with the discipline through courses dealing with linguistics, cognitive science, and the typical processes of speech, language, and hearing, which include the physical, neurophysiological, cognitive, and linguistic bases of normal speaking, hearing, and language use; the acoustics of sound and of speech; the development of language in children; and how communication develops from infancy to adulthood.

Unique to our program is the degree of cooperative work undertaken by students and faculty in the study and practice of basic and clinical sciences and in their application to people in need of help with communication. Meet College of Nursing & Health Sciences people >>

Faculty with internationally recognized expertise. Our faculty are dedicated to teaching, mentorship, and research. Learn more >>

Four-year study plan. A four-year core curriculum focuses on normal processes of speech, language, and hearing, and how communication is effected across the lifespan. Students learn to recognize communication disorders through classes, observations, and clinical activities. Curriculum >>

Preparation to enter the field. Professional academic advisors and faculty mentors work directly with students from the time they arrive at the University, utilizing a four-year career plan to match experiential opportunities with student interests. UVM also offers a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which provides the academic background and clinical opportunities required for clinical fellowship and the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Many of our graduates pursue further study in speech-language pathology, audiology, psychology, linguistics, or medicine. Learn more about clinical opportunities >>

An ideal clinical setting

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language, and Hearing, an active clinic providing speech-language and audiology services to the community. The clinic provides opportunities for undergraduates to observe professional practice, and serves as a key practicum site for master's degree candidates.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Degree Programs

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We welcome your inquiries and visits. Contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Office of Student Services at or (802) 656-3858.

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