Assisting a deaf child in a learning situation

Audiology, speech-language pathology, deaf education and interpreting are concerned with many issues related to speech, hearing, and language. Professionals in these fields are devoted to providing diagnostic, rehabilitative, and educational services to children and adults with communicative challenges.

The department offers course work towards the completion of a degree with an emphasis in Communicative Disorders (Audiology or Speech Language Pathology) and Deaf Studies (ASL Instruction, Deaf Education, or Sign Language Interpreting).

What You Can Earn

Audiologist - $71,209 (In our region)

Speech Pathologist - $71,272 (In our region)

(Source: HR reported data from as of December 2012)

Teacher of the deaf - $55,400 (in our region)

Sign Language Interpreter - $45,000 (in our region)

(Source: HR reported data from as of August 2010)

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Introduction to Communicative Disorders
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Hearing Mechanisms
  • Education of Exceptional Children
  • Treatment Procedures in Communicative Disorders
  • American Sign Language courses
  • Deaf Literature
  • Deaf Culture

What You Can Learn

  • About deaf children in general, parent education, and various educational programs and services for deaf children and their parents
  • Signing skills and different models/systems of communication used with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, adolescents, and adults.
  • Physiological acoustics, psychoacoustics, acoustic phonetics, and perception of speech.
  • American Sign Language, its cultural/historical background, the role it plays in the deaf community, and its growing influence in American mainstream society.
  • Assessment and treatment procedures for individuals with communicative disorders in a variety of educational and medical settings.

About the College

The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.

Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.

College Contact Information

2345 E. San Ramon
M/S MH26
Fresno CA 93740-8031

Phone: (559) 278-4004

FAX: (559) 278-4437

Department Contact Information

Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
5310 N. Campus Drive M/S PH 80
Fresno, CA 93740-8019

Phone: (559) 278-2423
FAX: (559) 278-5187