3-year program for individuals with a bachelor's degree in communication disorders and significant post-graduation work experience with individuals with communication disorders.
3 six-week summer terms of clinic and coursework on campus at EIU (summer 1, summer 2, & summer 3)
- 4 semesters of coursework taken on-line. Receive credit for supervised clinical experiences in the school setting (fall 1, spring 1, fall 2, spring 2)
- 2 semesters of off-campus full-time 14-week internships in educational and medical placements (fall 3 & spring 3)
- New cohort of approximately 15 students admitted every 2-3 years. The anticipated beginning date for the next cohort is summer 2015, Application Deadine January 1st.
The Distance Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Cohort Program is administered by the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, the EIU School of Continuing Education and the EIU Graduate School. The information below outlines the requirements and application process. Admission into this ASHA accredited graduate program in speech-language pathology will be on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to Illinois residents; however applicants have been accepted from other states as well.
Applicants must have completed:
- A bachelor’s degree in communication disorders with minimum of 3.0 GPA.
- 25 clock hours of clinical observation under an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist.
- Prerequisite courses prior to admission to the program. Successful completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission.
- All applicants must complete an undergraduate course in each of the following areas: biological science, physical science, math, social science, statistics. These are often included in the undergraduate curriculum, and may be available on-line or at local community colleges.
- All applicants must complete major courses in anatomy of the speech & hearing mechanisms, speech science, phonetics, language acquisition, phonetics/phonological development,language disorders, phonological disorders, audiology, and aural rehabilitation.
- Students applying for the distance program must demonstrate relevant work experience with children and/or adults and secure a partnership with a school setting for practicum. Past students have often been employed in the public schools as a speech-language pathology assistant/paraprofessional or special education aide. Employment at a school is NOT required. The partnership with a school IS REQUIRED to guarantee a setting for supervised clinical practicum experiences with a speech-language pathologist with ASHA CCCs.
The following THREE sets of material must be completed for consideration for the Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Cohort Program. The deadline for submission of all materials is January 1 in order to be considered for admission. The CSD Centralized Application Service recommends having all material submitted 30 days prior to application deadline (December 1) so they have time to process the in formation. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that all materials are submitted to EIU (graduate school and department) at least two weeks in advance of the deadline (December 15). (Some offices at EIU are closed or have limitted staffing between Christmas and New Years- it may be difficult to obtain answers to last minute questions if applicants are submitting information right before the deadline.) The cohort program begins in the SUMMER term. SUMMER must be marked on all application forms.
1) The following application materials must be submitted through the CSD Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) at https://portal.csdcas.org . CSDCAS recommends having your materials to them 4-6 weeks in advance of the deadline to allow time for verification. Materials to be submitted to CSDCAS include but are not limited to:
- CSDCAS accepts electronic GRE scores ONLY. The CDS program at EIU requires that you send CSDCAS the GRE, these scores must be released to CSDCAS electronically via ETS using a program-specific code listed in the chart--EASTERN ILLINOIS U CSDCAS 0693. GRE scores must be less than 5 years old. There is no minimum GRE scores required to apply to EIU.
- All official academic transcripts (print out a transcript request form from CDSCAS for each school attended). CDSCAS must receive official paper copies of the transcript.
- Send transcripts to CSDCAS early during the fall term so they have time to calculate major GPAs and consider your file complete.
- Enter all courses that you took throughout your undergraduate program as well as courses that you plan to take in the spring term prior to beginning graduate school.
- Enter work history, extracurricular activities and significant volunteer experiences (more than 1 day for a few hours), honors, awards
- Three letters of recommendation that address clinical aptitude, professionalism, and academic performance from acadmic faculty (professors, supervisors, advisors) or other speech-language pathologists where you have worked or volunteered.
- Custom essay question: Please compose a personal statement regarding your desire to attend the graduate program in CDS at EIU, and your personal goals of becoming a speech-language pathologist. There is no length requirement other than the character limit imposed by CSDCAS. (Evaluated for content and writing ability)
- Mark "summer" as semester to begin when applying to EIU through CDSCAS
- Check status of CSDCAS aplication frequently on the CSDCAS site. Complete your application as early as possible. Status will be noted as COMPLETE when CSDCAS receives all necessary information,VERIFIED when they check your grades against transcript information (note- the CSDCAS verification process may take up to six weeks after your application, transcripts, and payment are received), and MAILED when it is sent to our program.
- Read all of CSDCAS's FAQ sections-- they contain helpful and necessary information.
- Contact CSDCAS directly with questions about that application.
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2 ) Application is made to the Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University by submitting the following materials:
- Graduate School application -- You must apply directly to the EIU grad school on-line.
- First time users click "First time user account creation" and create a login and pin
- All students begin in the summer term (Applicants must mark apply for summer NOT fall semester)
- Graduate School application fee
- (transcripts or GRE scores do NOT need to be sent to EIU during the application process. GRE scores are submitted through CSDCAS in the process described above. If you are accepted to our graduate program, an official copy of your transcripts will need to be sent to the graduate school at that time)
- Questions about your application or the application process to the EIU graduate school should be directed to the Graduate School (phone 217-581-2220)
3) Application is made to the Distance Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program within the CDS Department at EIU by submitting the following 3 forms to:
Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave, Charleston, IL 61920
Click here to download application instructions and required 3 forms below
- Completed School District Agreement form.
- Completed Clinical Supervisor Agreement form
- Completed Student Agreement form
Frequently Asked Questions about work and supervision requirements can be found on the page describing the Distance Program.
Questions about visiting the department or applying to program should be directed to the CDS Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Throneburg. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (217) 581-7447.