Programs of Study
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.
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.
The Leveling Program
For students who have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than communication sciences and disorders, the department offers a structured leveling 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 leveling program, students are prepared to enter graduate programs to complete their preparation for clinical practice in speech-language pathology.