The master's (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at Eastern Illinois 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. Upon completion of the master's degree and nine months of supervised professional experience, individuals are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence required for practice in most work settings. The program was first accredited by ASHA in 1970 and has remained continuously accredited since that time. The most recent re-accreditation visit was in 2009 and the program was re-accredited until 2016. The next re-accreditation visit will be in November 2016. Program strengths identified from the 2009 visit included the following:
- Faculty are integrally involved and committed to the work of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. All faculty members supervise; students and public commented on faculty going the "extra mile."
- Atmosphere surrounding the program is exemplary. A positive attitude and professional confidence, professionalism and collegial respect was evident among faculty and students. Program enjoys high respect among administrators and is viewed as a strength of the university.
- Students report an "open door" policy with professors and supervisors.
- Program innovations include the EIU Laptop Initiative using computer technology to develop critical thinking skills in students, as well as a paperless clinic for access to client files. The department has been designated as a First Choice Graduate program.
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The program has over 30 years of history in meeting the Illinois State Board of Education requirements for working as a speech-language pathologist in schools in Illinois. The graduate program in CDS meets the requirements for an educator licence in speech-language pathology.
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
The program also meets the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation requirements for the Speech-Language Pathologist License required for practice in Illinois.