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Department ofCommunication Disorders & Special Education

The Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education (CDSE) prepares future clinicians, educators, leaders, researchers and policy makers to serve individuals with developmental, intellectual, emotional, and communication disabilities. It also serves as an exemplary center for educational and clinical research and practice in the disciplines preparing these professionals.

CDSE offers accredited programs in communication sciences and disorders (speech-language pathology) at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and special education at the graduate level. We operate the Tidewater Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders, a Speech and Hearing Clinic, and the Oral Preschool program. These programs, housed in the Lions Child Study Center, give students valuable practical experience, deliver needed clinical and educational services to community members and provide a focus for innovative faculty and student research. Approximately 250 families are served every year.

In addition, CDSE sponsors a special education distance learning endorsement program (CSEEP) funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). To accomplish the objectives of this grant, a collaborative network has been developed among school divisions, state-operated programs, the VDOE and ODU. Another statewide project, the Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (T-TAC), improves services to preschool children with disabilities in Virginia and is one of five regional centers that provide field-based technical assistance directly to the persons requesting assistance, such as training seminars, consultation and demonstration.

Speech & Hearing


The Speech and Hearing clinic provides diagnostic and therapy services for adults and children with speech, language, and hearing disorders.

Oral Preschool


The Oral Preschool program is a unique educational setting for young children with hearing loss.