Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Professions

Monroe Hall


About the Program

Speech-language pathologists assist people with communication disorders by improving their quality of life.

ESU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers students the opportunity to earn a preprofessional degree. Upon completion, students must pursue a master’s degree before gaining employment as a certified speech-language pathologist. Graduates of ESU’s master’s degree program have many employment opportunities.

Students are given an education plan upon entering the program; they are assigned an adviser who will assist them throughout their bachelor’s degree program. Students must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative average and major average.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is housed in Monroe Hall. The Monroe Hall Speech and Hearing Center is a fully operational clinic. It features all of the equipment and accommodations essential to a quality educational program in speech-language pathology. Graduate students are able to gain hands-on experience with people who exhibit various types of communication disorders. The clinic serves people of all ages, infancy through adult, from the surrounding Pocono area, the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey, as well as students and faculty/staff from ESU who are in need of rehabilitation/habilitation services. Monroe Hall has several observable therapy rooms, and all the necessary materials and resources for conducting therapy.

Are you interested in ...

  • Working with people
  • Helping others

Choose Communication Sciences and Disorders at ESU

  • Small class size
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Preparation for graduate education

Is speech-language pathology a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Speech-language pathologist

Career Settings

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Short-term and long-term care facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice
  • State and local health departments
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Home care
  • Adult day care centers
  • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Institutes and private agencies

More detailed career information is available from the department.


ESU’s graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Professional Organizations

The department has an active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  We also have a Sign Language Club and a chapter of Autism SpeaksU. Student members participate in many service learning activities, including visiting local nursing homes, doing projects with the Mekeel Child Care Center on campus and participating in some social events as well.