Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders require a series of background courses to prepare for entry into graduate programs in speech-language pathology or audiology.

These courses are offered regularly at Elmhurst College.

Our leveling program is designed to meet the expectations for core pre-requisite knowledge of the Elmhurst College master’s program in communication sciences and disorders, but students must apply separately to that program for admission. Expectations of other graduate programs may differ. Students from our leveling program have gained admission into the graduate program at Elmhurst College and into other leading graduate programs, including those at Northwestern University, Rush University, and George Washington University. Completion of the leveling program may take from two to four semesters, depending on the background of the student.

The Program Includes

  • Completion of foundational courses in biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics
  • Introductory courses in phonetics, anatomy and physiology, language development, and clinical practices
  • Coursework in audiology, speech sound disorders, speech science, and the neurological bases of communication
  • Completion of 25 clinical observation hours required as part of clinical certification

Application Requirements

  • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above must be present at the time of application with a grade of B or higher in ENG 105 and 106 to be considered for admission to program. Major GPA must be at least 3.2 to remain in the program and enroll in 300/400 level courses. See the College catalog for additional requirements.

How to Apply

  • To enter the Leveling Program at Elmhurst College, apply to the College following all of the admission requirements for the undergraduate CSD program. Please apply as a second-degree student even if you wish to complete only the required prerequisite courses for the graduate CSD program, as the CSD department does not allow non-degree coursework to be completed.
  • Go to the undergraduate application and apply as a second-degree student. When completing the application, choose communication sciences and disorders as your major. All official college transcripts must be sent to Elmhurst College for review.
  • Elmhurst College Office of Advising Contact Information:

Phone: (630) 617-3450
FAX: (630) 617-3245

Suggested Program

Note: Foundational Courses for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certification include successful completion of a course in biological sciences, physical sciences, social/behavioral sciences, and statistics.

Term I Leveling Courses

  • CSD 203 Phonetics I (.50 course)
  • CSD 204 Phonetics II (.50 course)
  • CSD 319 Applied Linguistics for the S-L-H Sciences
  • CSD 234 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • CSD 344 Speech Science (Prereq: CSD 203)
  • CSD 245 Introduction to CSD: Ed Settings (.50 course)

Term II Leveling Courses

  • CSD 378 Beginning Clinical Practicum (.50 course)
  • CSD 339 Intro to Audiology (Prereq: CSD 234)
  • CSD 341 Speech Sound Disorders (Prereq: CSD 203)
  • CSD 337 Language Development Across the Lifespan
  • CSD 343 Neuro Bases of Comm (Prereq: CSD 234)

Term III Leveling Courses

  • CSD 454 Clinical Methods & Diagnostic Procedures  (Prereq: concurrent or prior CSD 477)
  • CSD 477 Speech-Language Pathology Practicum (.50 course)
  • CSD 355 Aural Rehabilitation (Prereq:  CSD 339)

Highly recommended courses, often offered in January Term: CSD 246, CSD 100, CSD 101

Note:  Several undergraduate CSD courses are only offered during the day.

Brenda K. Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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