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Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prepare for a Career in Speech-Language Pathology

Ruiying Ding, the M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program director, talks about how a degree from Elmhurst prepares you for your career in speech-language pathology.

The master’s program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) at Elmhurst University prepares students for rewarding careers as speech-language pathologists in professional settings such as schools, hospitals, clinics, research institutions, private practice and more.

Designed primarily for students with bachelor’s degrees in CSD, the graduate program prepares students for national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for state licensure.

In addition, students are prepared for employment in the Illinois public school system and endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), provided they have met the requirements for the master’s degree in speech-language pathology and have completed coursework in teaching methods of exceptional children and reading methods.

A Unique Program Format

Students attend classes full time, and most can complete the program in 21 months. The program takes a cohort approach, fostering teamwork skills and strong bonds among classmates.

State-of-the-Art Simulation Center

Students also can experience medical placement preparation in the state-of-the-art Elmhurst University Simulation Center.

Other Real-World Experiences

Opportunities abound for clinical experiences in a variety of locations, from public schools to hospitals to rehab facilities to Elmhurst University’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

In addition to the Clinic and Simulation Center, our students have unique training opportunities, such as:

  • Serving individuals with developmental disabilities and adults with brain injury with our partner centers.
  • Serving adult students with autism and other disabilities in the University’s Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA).
  • Supporting adults through an aphasia support group run by Elmhurst faculty.
  • Receiving hands-on training in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES).

I just want to take a moment to brag about Haley, she is absolutely amazing!! I have been a supervisor for 5 years and she is by far the most qualified and knowledgeable new graduate I have had until this point. Our company would love to have more of your graduates due to their knowledge! Again, thank you for educating Haley to be an amazing clinician and all-around outstanding person!

Jacquelyn McGhee, M.S., CCC-SLP, Sidekick Therapy Partners

Opportunities to Specialize

In addition to the stellar graduate program, graduate students may also choose to pursue one or more of our remarkable professional emphases.

Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis
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The master’s program offers a remarkable multicultural/multilingual emphasis in speech-language pathology with many unique features.

This emphasis is designed for students who wish to pursue specialized academic, research, and clinical experiences to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including bilingual populations, in a variety of settings.

Several of our faculty are experts in multicultural/multilingual issues, and students in this emphasis have the opportunity to work with them all.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Emphasis

This emphasis is designed for students who possess a significant background or interest in a related health field, and who wish to integrate this through interdisciplinary research activities during their CSD graduate program of study. It is designed for students who may wish to pursue future leadership in health service delivery in order to meet the demands and challenges of health care service delivery.

This emphasis is consistent with Elmhurst University’s mission to prepare students to pursue intellectual excellence through collaborative and innovative partnerships leading to novel research, preparing them to address the unique challenges of healthcare service delivery in a diverse and global society.

Fluency Concentration

An image of an iceberg above and below sea level illustrates the Fluency Emphasis at Elmhurst University's Communication Sciences and Disorders program.The master’s program at Elmhurst University also offers specialized training in applying a differential approach to fluency disorders.

This concentration is designed for students who want to pursue focused academic, research, and clinical experiences to meet the needs of individuals with fluency disorders. Students will receive advanced training in differential assessment and treatment, perform specialized clinical work with this population, and participate in research laboratory experiences.

Goodban Fellowship and Assistantship

The Goodban Fellow is available to undergraduate students who have been admitted to the master of science in communication sciences and disorders program who have completed all prerequisite SLP requirements, including ASHA sciences, and who are involved with NSSLHA or show leadership potential.

Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Completed applications must be received by Jan. 15 to be considered. This fellowship is renewable for a second year depending on academic progress. For more information, contact the CSD department.

We also offer up to two graduate assistantships. A graduate assistantship is designed to defray a portion of the total graduate tuition and involves research, teaching, and/or administrative work that will benefit the department and the student.

Accreditation Information

The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is accredited through 2022.

U.S. Department of Education Compliance

The MS in CSD program is compliant with Federal regulation 43CFR 668.43. View the list of applicable states.

The Elmhurst University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, gender identity/gender expression, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability with regard to the evaluation and treatment of clients and dissemination of scholarship funds.

Ruiying Ding, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Program Director, M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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