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Department of Communication Disorders Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Disorders seeks to fulfill the broader missions of Southeast Missouri State University and its College of Education, Health, and Human Studies. Within this context, the Department strives for academic excellence in both its undergraduate and graduate programs.
The primary mission of the undergraduate program is to provide a background of knowledge pertaining to normal and disordered communication, a foundation of ethical and clinical practice, and strong preparation for further graduate study in communication disorders. This mission is accomplished in the context of a broader liberal arts education.
The primary mission of the graduate program is to provide professional preparation in the area of speech-language pathology. This mission is accomplished in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The vision of the Department of Communication Disorders is to become a leading program in the region, providing exemplary and integrated academic, clinical, and research instruction to students, preparing them to become competent speech-language pathologists and leaders who can serve the members of a diverse and dynamic community.

College of Education, Health, and Human Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Education, Health, and Human Studies is to provide leadership and support for the teaching, research, scholarship and service responsibilities of its academic units. A significant focus in the college is to serve the students in facilitating success in reaching their goal of graduating with a degree leading to a rewarding profession. The student focus of the college is evident in the fact that the College of Education, Health, and Human Studies has attracted the largest number of majors on campus. A strength of the college is the fact that, although there are diverse academic offerings, all programs potentially lead to a career that significantly and positively impact the lives of individuals and families.

Southeast Missouri State University Mission Statement

Southeast Missouri State University provides student centered education and experiential learning with a foundation of liberal arts and sciences, embracing a tradition of access, exceptional teaching, and commitment to student success that significantly contributes to the development of the region and beyond.


Jayanti Ray, PhD
Interim Chair
Communication Disorders
Phone: (573) 651-2155
Office: Grauel 112F

Center for Speech and Hearing
402 N. Pacific
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701