Mission

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Education of the deaf (undergraduate program)

The vast majority of programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Mississippi are staffed by only one or two teachers of the deaf. These individuals serve as resource teachers for mainstreamed students (PK, elementary, and secondary levels), they liaison with regular education teachers, serve as self-contained classroom teachers, and, occasionally, interpret for mainstreamed children for various portions of the school day.

Because job descriptions are typical of the above, the Education of the deaf program at Southern Miss is obligated to train teachers of the deaf who are flexible and who can address the educational and communication needs of a heterogeneous group of students who are deaf and hard of hearing in a single setting.

Early oral intervention (graduate program)

The mission of the program is to prepare specialists to work with infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages birth to six, and their families. The program focuses on using hearing technology to develop spoken language through listening.

Audiology and speech-language pathology

In congruence with the University of Southern Mississippi mission, and the College of Health mission, the departmental mission is to educate students to become competent professionals in the field of communication disorders. Competence should be construed to mean not only academic and clinical competences, but also competence extending to professional integrity. Integrity in this context means honesty, upholding clients’ welfare, and providing clinical services that are consistent with the latest developments in the field. Through the provision of academic course work and clinical experience, the program will ensure that all graduating students are eligible for national certification pending approval of ASHA.

  • Strategic Themes:
    • Two professions (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology), one discipline;
    • Scholarly based clinical services;
    • Diversity;
    • Advocacy.

Related Issues

  • Related Issues:
    • Academic excellence;
    • Clinical excellence;
    • Integrity;
    • Responsiveness to the needs of the clients and the communities (local, state, regional, national);
    • Research-based.
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Objectives

  • Objectives (action-oriented statements):
    • Enhance clinical effectiveness;
    • Increase scholarly commitment and the scientific base;
    • Increase the number, diversity, and cultural competence of professionals;
    • Increase grassroots advocacy by professionals in the field of communication disorders, related fields, consumers, and stakeholders;
    • Improve evidence-based services (rational evidence and empirical evidence);
    • Improve customized programs and services;
    • Foster faculty development;
    • Keep abreast of technological advancements.

Goals

  • Goals:
    • To establish on-going reviews of the departmental academic and clinical policies and activities to ensure excellence of training and clinical services:
      • Such reviews will be conducted annually;
      • Departmental faculty and stakeholders will participate in the reviews.
    • To provide appropriate training so that the students will become qualified to obtain the Certificates of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology;
    • To encourage empathy and understanding of clients’ perspectives;
    • To appreciate cultural differences of clients;
    • To promote continued education and development of the professional staff;
    • To continually upgrade physical facilities and equipment;
    • To ensure that clinical services are based on scholarship.

Submit comments about this document or suggestions for revisions, additions, or deletions to Steven Cloud.

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8/30/10
Rev: 7/20/11