Programs of Study

The Major

The communication sciences and disorders major provides an excellent foundation for graduate study, which is required for national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure in most states, and a public school certificate in Illinois. The major is not designed for those who plan careers as speech-language pathology assistants.

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The Master’s

The master of science in communication sciences and disorders has a history of excellent student outcomes. Students work as part of a cohort, and begin hands-on clinical training during their first semester. They complete their clinical training at hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centers that are part of an area-wide network of affiliated clinical sites. Faculty emphasize evidence-based practice and preparation for work in a multicultural, multilingual society.

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CSD Accelerated Program

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Accelerated Program is a 5-year, fast-track program through which students earn both a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree.

The program prepares students for national certification in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), for state licensure by the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (IDFPR), and for professional educator licensure by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

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Graduate Preparation Program

For students who have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than communication sciences and disorders, the department offers a structured graduate preparation program.

Students may complete foundational science courses, and two or three terms of communication sciences and disorders coursework, including clinical observations. At the conclusion of the program, students are prepared to enter graduate programs to complete their preparation for clinical practice in speech-language pathology.

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