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Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education

Utah State University’s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program is a four-year post-baccalaureate degree, and is part of the Western Regional Graduate Exchange program (WRGP).

The program in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) and is also approved by the Utah State Office of Education.

Utah State University’s Speech-Language Pathology program is a six semester, 55-58 semester credit hour Master’s of Arts (MA) or Master’s of Science (MS) post-baccalaureate degree.

Spotlights in COMDDE

Welcome Dr. Teresa Ukrainetz

Jan 2017

Teresa Ukrainetz, Ph.D, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow, is Professor and SLP Division Chair in COMDDE. Dr. Ukrainetz was on faculty at the University of Wyoming from 1995 to 2016. Dr. Ukrainetz obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s in speech-language pathology from the University of British Columbia. Between degrees, she worked as an SLP in a school district near Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Ukrainetz’s research and scholarship pertain to the conceptual framework, procedures, and tools of school-age language intervention. She investigates how assessments and treatments intersect with contexts of use, and how to optimize these intersections so SLPs can make meaningful differences for students struggling with academic language and learning. Dr. Ukrainetz has investigated norm-referenced tests, dynamic assessment, phonemic awareness, narrative, and the role of the school SLP. In addition to her research reports and clinical articles, Dr. Ukrainetz has authored two books: School-age Language Intervention: Evidenced-based Practices and Contextualized Skill Intervention: Scaffolding PreK–12 Literacy Achievement. Dr. Ukrainetz’s current research and scholarship address how SLPs can use their distinctive expertise and opportunities to improve comprehension and expression of expository discourse for children with language-related learning disabilities.

Dr. Sarah Yoho Leopold Awarded Grant

A Research Catalyst Grant from USU to fund studies examining the speech understanding difficulties of adults with hearing loss was awarded on Jan 3, 2017.  You can get more information about her research on Speech and Auditory Perception at

How Deficits in Reading & Writing Can Affect a Child's Success

Reading and writing deficits can affect a child’s success in many areas of life. Learn about these common deficits in this post from Utah State University.