M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Program Requirements

In order to successfully complete the master’s program in communication sciences and disorders at Elmhurst, students must meet the following requirements.

Clinical Education
Students must complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical experience. 

Essential Functions for Clinical Practicum
In addition to the curriculum requirements, students must be able to demonstrate a set of essential functions in order to enroll in clinical practicum and proceed through the program. 

Knowledge and Skill Standards
Students must successfully meet the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology established by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in order to graduate. Please refer to the Graduate Practicum Handbook (pdf) to view knowledge and skill requirements. 

Credentials for Illinois State Board of Education and State of Illinois Licensure
Illinois has two regulatory agencies that provide credentials to speech-language pathologists. These agencies are the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE, www.isbe.net), which regulates who is qualified to work in the Illinois public schools, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR, www.idfpr.com), which regulates who is qualified to work in all other settings. 

In order to work within the state of Illinois, a speech-language pathologist must hold the appropriate credentials from ISBE or IDFPR. ISBE credentials include a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology and coursework in the instruction of exceptional learners, reading, English Language Learners and reading in the content area is required. Students must also pass the appropriate Illinois certification tests, including the Illinois Test of Basic Skills or the Test of Academic Proficiency, unless the student has recently obtained a composite (mathematics and critical reading) SAT (with writing) score of 1030 or an ACT Plus Writing score of 22. 

State of Illinois licensure requires successful completion of the graduate program requirements, which includes a passing score on the Praxis Exam (National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology).

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