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Undergraduate Record 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Record 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Speech Communication Disorders (BSEd)

Bachelor of Science in Education - Speech Communication Disorders

The undergraduate major in Speech Communication Disorders at the University of Virginia (a) introduces students to the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology and (b) provides pre-professional learning experiences to prepare students for graduate studies in either profession by emphasizing math, biological and behavioral sciences, basic human communication sciences, and critical thinking. Students enter into this major as an internal transfer (transferring from another school within UVA) or external transfer (transferring from another school outside UVA) in the third year. No specific pre-requisite courses are required for transfer into this major.

The undergraduate curriculum prepares students to choose from three career paths at the graduate level: (1) audiology, (2) speech-language pathology, or (3) speech and hearing science. Completion of an accredited graduate program is required for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification, state licensure and professional practice in audiology or speech-language pathology.  Graduates with an undergraduate major in Speech Communication Disorders also go on to careers in other fields requiring good analytical and communication skills as well as a solid grounding in behavior science.

The Speech Communication Disorders major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.). Students are encouraged to meet most general education requirements in their first two years, so they can concentrate on Speech Communication Disorders core courses in years three and four. There is no practicum requirement for this major.

The major includes at least 45 credits of approved coursework covering the nature of various communication disorders, and an introduction to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders. The coursework addresses normal and disordered human development and behavior across the life span and throughout culturally/linguistically diverse populations.

Though there are a number of required courses, students also have opportunities to shape coursework according to career goals, including adding a second major or a minor inside or outside of the School of Education and Human Development. A faculty member from Speech Communication Disorders will serve as the academic advisor, assisting students with the selection of classes.

Residence Requirement (60 credits)

A recipient of a B.S.Ed. degree from the School of Education and Human Development must complete at least 60 of the 120 credits required for graduation at the University of Virginia.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 on all courses attempted at the University.

B.S.Ed. Speech Communication Disorders Curriculum (120 credits)

General Education Requirements (36 credits)

See the section School of Education and Human Development: Academic Rules, Regulations, and Information : General Education Requirements for more details.

Competency Requirements

  • First Writing, 3 credits
  • Second Writing, 3 credits
  • Cultural Literacy, 3 credits
  • Data Literacy/Statistics, 3 credits

Area Requirements

  • Mathematics and Natural sciences, 9 credits
    • One Physical Science or Chemistry course is required
    • One Biology course is required
  • Humanities, 6 credits
  • Social Sciences, 9 credits
    • One Psychology or Sociology course is required

Major Requirements