Mission and Accreditation


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is located in the College of Health and Human Services.


The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern Arizona University is to advance the knowledge and practice in human communication and its disorders, to prepare our students to lead in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and to enable all individuals to communicate, read, write, think, and learn, in order to succeed in a changing world.

To accomplish this mission, we intend to...

  • acquire new knowledge through empirical research
  • promote scholarship and other creative works
  • contribute to the profession at local, regional, national and  international levels
  • foster critical thought in a learning-centered environment
  • incorporate technology to enhance classroom and clinical teaching
  • mentor students to achieve professional competence in serving individuals of all ages
  • serve as a local and regional clinical resource for individuals with  communication disorders
  • foster interdisciplinary collaboration
  • excel in professional service

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to enriching research, teaching, learning and the professional service environment by embracing the cultural and linguistic diversity of our region and nation.

Equitable Treatment

Northern Arizona University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from unlawful discrimination, including harassment and retaliation.  In support of this commitment, the Arizona Board of Regents and Northern Arizona University prohibit unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and genetic information.  

Seal of Assessment Achievement

Northern Arizona University’s Office of Academic Achievement awarded the Seal of Assessment Achievement to the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2011-2012. Academic programs earning this recognition have established priorities for assessment, selected appropriate methods and indicators for assessing student learning outcomes, and set standards in order to meaningfully interpret assessment results. Additionally, faculty have thoroughly assessed student learning outcomes and clearly stated findings, including recommendations for future modifications to curriculum, learning design, and assessment.  Only seven degree programs in the university were awarded this seal during the 2011-2012 academic year.


The Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

In March 2009, the Master of Science in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology program was accredited for the 2007-2015 cycle.