A strong grade point average (GPA) is very important for students pursuing a degree in Communicative Disorders from Utah State University and Deaf Education (COMDDE) and is one of the main considerations in graduate school acceptance. The minimum 3.0 GPA required by COMDDE for admission to the undergraduate program at the beginning of the junior year (approximately 60 credits) most likely will not be high enough for graduate school acceptance. Although students may have GPAs high enough to be accepted into the major, they must be aware that unless the GPA is significantly higher, they may have difficulty being seriously considered for graduate school.
Formal COMDDE Admission
Any accepted student at Utah State University may major in communicative disorders during the freshman and/or sophomore years. However, during the first semester of the junior year, the student must formally apply for admission into the COMDDE undergraduate professional preparation program. Application forms for admission into COMDDE will be disseminated in class during the first semester of the junior year. As part of the application process, each student will complete the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Writing Examination. The student will be accepted if cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or higher, University Studies credits are within 15 credits of completion, and the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Writing Examination has been taken and passed. Students who are accepted into the undergraduate program must maintain the acceptance standards each semester in order to continue in the major.
Transfer students or students applying for admission into the program subsequent to the fall semester of their junior year must receive approval from the department head before beginning their matriculation in major classes.
Teacher Education Program Admission
Admission into the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services teacher education program is necessary before the student may take licensure courses taught in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership and the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, which are supportive of the major. Admission into the teacher education program is also required prior to taking the Communicative Disorders clinical practicum coursework. Application to the teacher education program typically takes place at the beginning of the graduate program.