Why Choose EIU?
Our Grads Excel
Internships seek out EIU graduate students. Our students exceed both the State and National Averages for the National Praxis Exam. Our pass rate on first attempts is 100% since 2008.
Employment Rates of Graduates within 3 Months of Graduation have been 100% since 2007.
Diversity of Clinical Experiences
Autism Research Center
You may not realize it, but autism has probably touched the life of somebody you know. With an incidence of one in every 88 children, it is the most common developmental disorder. Early identification and intensive therapy typically help these children and their families overcome the educational challenges presented by autism, but this has proven an overwhelming task for our public school system to undertake alone.
That's where the EIU Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and EIU Autism Center come in. Our accomplished faculty and staff provide evaluations and recommendations necessary to help educators best serve the academic needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Our student clinicians have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients in our Clinic. Not only do we see both adult and child clients but the Clinic provides experiences in the following areas: aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, feeding, articulation, phonology, autism, Asperger’s, aural rehab, language.
Full Semester Internships
Both our educational and medical internships are typically a full-time practicum experience, consisting of 5 day-per-week placements for 14 weeks each. Internship sites are located in schools and facilities throughout Illinois and other states. Some sites at which previous students have been placed are as close as Mattoon, Ill., and as far away as Germany, Nevada, Colorado, and Connecticut. Students indicate their preference in the location of the internship. More than 100 clock hours of therapy experience is obtained during each experience. Internship is taken credit/no credit for 12 semester hours (3 semester hours applicable to the degree).
Case Based Teaching
Chelsea Fitch: Improving Phonological Awareness and Changing Lives
Published on Apr 8, 2014 Chelsea Fitch, a graduate student in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department, has been working with four children from Carl Sandburg Elementary School who are deaf or hard of hearing to improve their phonological awareness, a key component of reading. Fitch teaches the students lessons weekly and has been working with Dr. Tena McNamara to link music and speech pathology together to help the four students.
Courses are designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and clinical skills in specific disorder areas.