Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Services

Human Services Undergraduate Advising

The Student Services and Advising Center within the James I. Perkins College of Education has dedicated full time Academic Advisors, who advise students on which courses to take every semester until they graduate from SFA. For Department of Human Services, this involves advising for Communication Disorders, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Pre-Audiology, Rehabilitation Services and Special Education.

For specific detailed information about the Department of Human Services, please visit their website.

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS (formerly Speech & Language Pathology)

Accreditation: Since 1992, the master's education program in speech-language pathology at Stephen F. Austin State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

About us Speech-Language Pathology is one of several programs offered in the Department of Human Services. The program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees that meet the requirements for state licensure and national certification in speech-language pathology. The Stanley Center for Speech and Language Disorders is located on the 2nd floor of the Human Services building where students participate in supervised clinical practicum experiences. Students are provided with a practical hands-on approach to training that includes an emphasis on integration of evidence-based practice. They perform on-site speech, language, and hearing evaluations and work with clients of all ages to assess, diagnose and treat various communication disorders. Externship sites are also available where students have the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals across the lifespan in public schools, as well as medical settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, state schools, and home health agencies.

History: The Speech-Language Pathology program began in 1962 and was initiated by Mac Mosley. In 1974, the graduate program was discontinued, but the undergraduate program grew significantly. In 1977, the graduate program reopened and in 1992 became fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Since its creation, the program has hosted very strong and committed faculty as well as produced competent professional Speech-Language Pathologist.

Degree Information: The Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a pre-professional degree in preparation for graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate curriculum includes a free-standing major with no minor field requirements. This degree may also be used to obtain a SLP-A license.

Career Potential: According to The Bureau of Labor and Statistics the employment outlook for speech-language pathology assistants has an above average job outlook; with a 15 percent increase in the number of available jobs between 2012 and 2022. Speech-language pathology assistants may choose from positions in private practice, pediatric rehabilitation, home health agencies as well as assisting a speech-language pathologist in a school setting. The annual starting salary for a speech-language pathology assistant is $38,500.00.


Students wishing to major in Deaf and Hard of Hearing may obtain a Bachelor of Science in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing through the College of Education. This major is designed to prepare the student to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in programs for the deaf and hard of hearing. A minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing can also supplement any major, but especially compliments majors in Special Education, General Education, and Communication Disorders.

Mission: Our program exists to lead future educators of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students, to equip them with valuable tools for the classroom, to educate them to engage in being life-long learners in our field and to encourage service to our unique population of students and the Deaf Community as a whole.

Objectives: Objectives of the Department Include:

- Preparation of Special Education Teachers for Elementary and Secondary Schools

- Preparation of People for Careers in Rehabilitation, Orientation and Mobility and Related Human Services Occupations Serving People with Disabilities, Communication Sciences and Disorders

- Graduate Study in Counseling, Special Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders and School Psychology


*This program will be available to students beginning Fall 2018.

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist others, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Many work for non-profit organizations, for-profit social service agencies, and state and local governments. Assistants generally work full time, some work nights and weekends.

A Bachelors Degree in Human Services train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crises. Our degree plan includes fieldwork to allow the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Other area of topics include:


Program details and current information is available on the Human Services website.

Audiology is one of the most rapidly expanding careers in the healthcare field. As a profession, audiology offers unparalleled opportunities working in a variety of settings with hearing-impaired patients of all ages. The United States Department of Labor reports the demand for audiologists is growing and that work conditions and earnings are very favorable.

The minimum entry level education in the profession of audiology is the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Degree, just as the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) is for the field of medicine.

Admission Requirements

Students requesting admission to the bachelor of science degree program in pre audiology must meet the following criteria:

1. Acceptance to SFA

2. Minimum of 30 credit hours

3. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in all college work

4. Completion of the four pre-audiology core courses: SPH 130, 210, 250 and 371

Admission Process

Admission is based on the applicant's overall and major core GPAs. To be considered for admission review, the applicant must submit the following materials:

1. Completed application to the Pre-Audiology Program

2. Complete transcripts for all previous college credit.

Applicants for admission to the summer and fall classes must be submitted by February 1 each year. Applications for admission to the spring classes must be submitted by September 15 each year. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure all application materials are received by the program by the deadline.

For more information on the Pre-Audiology program offered at SFA, email Dr. Frank Brister at or call 936-468-1330.


Rehabilitation services personnel assist persons with disabilities in achieving their greatest physical, mental, social, educational, and vocational potential. Since 1968, graduates of our program have been working with persons with disabilities in state rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation facilities, independent living centers, and school districts across the State of Texas and elsewhere in the United States.

Curriculum: Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are designed according to criteria established by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The curriculum combines academic theory and technique courses with hands-on practicum and field-site internship experiences. In addition, students will have the opportunity to become certified job coaches, thus having a marketable skill in working with people with disabilities. The faculty of the Rehabilitation Education Program place very high value on the exposure of students to a broad spectrum of rehabilitation, professional organizations, interdisciplinary professional activities, as well as advocacy and consumer groups in the field of rehabilitation. This is done through guest speakers working in the field, attending professional conferences, and research opportunities.

Clinical Practicum in Rehabilitation: All rehabilitation majors are required to take 6 semester hours of practicum in RHB 385 - Clinical Practicum in Rehabilitation. Twelve hours a week are spent in a practicum setting and 2 hours a week are spent in seminar. Practicum experiences are gained at local rehabilitation service agencies and programs in the Nacogdoches community. Students have opportunities to work with people with disabilities at locations such as the Job Club at the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, Goodwill Industries, the Women's Shelter of East Texas, and the Burke Center's Cornerstone early intervention programs and psycho-social programs.

Undergraduate Rehabilitation Internship: The internship experience is an extremely valuable one for rehabilitation majors. It provides supervised practical work experience in rehabilitation services agencies in Texas and the Southwest Region. This learning situation allows the student to apply personal values, theory, and a philosophy of working with persons with disabilities. Internships take place at such agencies as Goodwill Industries, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Transitional Living Center in Galveston, and the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation Research in Houston, as well as at facilities in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arkansas.


The Special Education Program at SFA is housed in the Human Services/Telecommunications Building (HSTC). Faculty offices are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Classrooms are located on the third floor. Undergraduate special education programs are offered online and face-to-face. Graduate programs are offered online. Numerous school districts in the area cooperate with the program in placing special education teaching candidates for field experiences. A Special Education Advisory Board provides input and feedback to the faculty from practitioners in the field including special education directors, educational diagnosticians, and teachers. Special education programs at SFA are aligned with national standards for special educators and state standards for special education teachers. A performance based assessment system is used in which candidate performance is rated on key assessments in various classes in order to provide data for accreditation and for program improvement.

The undergraduate program in EC-12 Special Education and the graduate program for Educational Diagnosticians are both nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.

For more information about the program contact the appropriate program coordinator, a faculty member, or email

Undergraduate Program: Students who want to teach Special Education major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special Education. The degree awarded upon completion of the program is a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS). The undergraduate program is designed to prepare students for certification as an EC-12 Special Education teacher and an EC-6 Generalist teacher. Consideration will be given to students who desire a different content area certification rather than the EC-6 Generalist. Students must be advised each semester through the Education Advising Center.

The Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is a way for interested students to become more involved here at Stephen F. Austin State University serving and learning about individuals with exceptionalities as well as the professional field of special education. Students in SCEC engage in a variety of social and professional activities, but most of all they have fun! SCEC is a division of the international organization of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC, a nonprofit association, accomplishes its mission, which is carried out in support of special education professionals and others working on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies; by setting professional standards; by providing continuing professional development; by advocating for newly and historically under served individuals with exceptionalities; and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The Online Special Education Degree Completion Program is an innovative program will allow paraprofessionals (instructional aides) working in Texas public schools and other qualified individuals who have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges to seamlessly transfer to SFASU and complete online a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree with a concentration in special education and EC-12 special education teacher certification. Paraprofessionals can earn a Texas teaching certificate while remaining in the schools and classrooms where they work, with the addition of one semester of full-time student teaching.