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Karen Breeding, M.S., CCC-SLP

Communication Disorders
573-651-2155 x2476

Office:  Grauel 112

The best students are not necessarily the ones who get A's, but the ones that never stop wanting to learn more!

What area do you teach?

Introduction to Communication Disorders, Phonetics, Developmental Articulation and Phonology Disorders


I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University.

Your philosophy of teaching:

I believe that, in most things, you will get out of it what you put in to it. I believe this goes for teaching, learning, relationships, and careers.

Why did you decide to teach?

I have had several externs from SEMO while I have lived in Cape Girardeau. I found that I really enjoyed working with the students, giving them experience, and challenging them to grow in their knowledge. When the opportunity arose to teach at the University, I looked at this as the possibility to continue in a profession that I love, while also helping to teach those who will continue our profession in the years ahead.

Credentials/career path

I worked for nine years in Illinois school districts, 10 years at Saint Francis Outpatient Rehabilitation working with children and adults, and 4 years at Scott City School District. During those years, I also received experience in inpatient rehabilitation and acute care, as well as experience at a state school.

Professional Highlight

Working at SEMO, of course!

Organization with which you are involved

Inter-Professional Education

Best advice for students

Look for connections between things that you have learned before or past life experience, and what you are learning in class. You are more likely to hold on to that new information by doing this. The best students are not necessarily the ones who get A's, but the ones that never stop wanting to learn more!


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