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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 20 months. The program takes a cohort approach, fostering teamwork skills and strong bonds among classmates.

Prepare with 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.

Our students have unique training opportunities, such as:

The master’s program also 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. Several of our faculty are experts in multicultural/multilingual issues, and students in this emphasis have the opportunity to work with them all. Please contact Ruiying Ding, Ph.D. for more information.

Throughout the CSD curriculum, faculty members promote the use of evidence-based practice decisions while maintaining a mutually respectful environment. In addition to promoting scholarship and intellectual curiosity, faculty emphasize the impact of communication disorders on individuals and families.

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.

Multicultural/Multilingual Emphasis

This emphasis is designed for students with oral proficiency in more than one language who wish to pursue specialized academic, research, and clinical experiences to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in a variety of settings.  This emphasis is well-aligned with Elmhurst University’s mission to prepare students intellectually and personally for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society and to foster learning and enrich culture through pedagogical innovation.

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 June 30, 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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