The Speech Pathology and Audiology Program at South Carolina State University was organized in September of 1957. It began as a major in Speech Correction offered by the Communications Center. This was the first such program in South Carolina. The Speech and Hearing Clinic began operation in September of 1967. The area of specialization became the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology on July 1, 1971. The graduate program was approved by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education on February 7, 1974. The first graduate students were enrolled on June 10, 1974. On January 1, 1993, the graduate program in speech-language pathology was accredited by the Educational Standards Board (ESB, now CAA, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2012, the program was re-accredited, effective through 2020.
The Speech Pathology and Audiology Program and Special Education Program were combined on July 1, 1975 to become the Department of Habilitative Sciences. In 1987, as a result of college-wide reorganization, the Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) Program was transferred to the School of Home Economics and Human Services which later became the School of Applied Professional Sciences. In the summer of 2004, as a result of University restructuring, the department was merged with two other areas to form the Department of Health Sciences in the newly-formed College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences.
The SC State Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a center for the diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive management of communication disorders. It is affiliated with the Bachelors and Masters degree programs in speech-language pathology. These programs are designed to produce graduates who meet the academic and practicum requirements for (1) employment in the speech-language-hearing professions, (2) certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and (3) licensure in South Carolina.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves as a clinical training site for undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology students, and as a community resource. The Clinic operates on a year-round schedule to provide continuity of service delivery. Comprehensive screening, diagnostic, and treatment services are provided for children and adults in the community at-large, as well as in the campus community.
For more information, contact:
Speech Pathology and Audiology Program
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117