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All You Need to Know About Communication Disorders

May 9, 2019


Hello future McKay School Students!


We tend to focus on the teaching majors offered here in the McKay School, but another important part of this school is the Communications Disorders major (ComD). This post will give some insight into ComD is and why it's such a great program! 


Fun Fact #1: The Communication Disorders major is targeted to those who are planning on helping students improve their speech abilities. After completing the bachelor's program, you can find a job as a Speech Language Technician (which is basically the understudy to a fully-fledged speech language pathologist). Most students who graduate with this degree head on to graduate programs.


Fun Fact #2: Graduate studies linked with this major lead to two main career options, one of which is Speech Language Pathology. These professionals are hired by school districts and health care organizations to help children and adults improve their speech. Audiology is the other career track offered through this route. According to ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), audiologists are professionals who work in healthcare to provide care in order to prevent, identify, diagnose, and treat hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders.


Fun Fact #3: BYU's ComD program has small class sizes and tight-knit cohorts that make the major both enjoyable and doable. Students often meet good friends in their classes and get one-on-one time with their professors (who are all amazing)! You can learn so much from their expertise and their passion for the subject.


Fun Fact #4: BYU has an on-site Speech Clinic! While this is mostly reserved for the graduate students, undergrads still have the opportunity to gain experience by administering tests and meeting with other students.


To learn more about what the ComD program at BYU is like, visit https://education.byu.edu/comd/bs

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