Communication Disorders & Sciences

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The graduate program in Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) culminates in a masters of sciences degree and prepares recipients to assume entry-level positions as speech-language pathologists. To be considered for admission to the CDS graduate program in speech-language pathology, applicants must have either a bachelor?s degree in communication disorders and sciences, or a bachelor?s degree in another discipline and all prerequisite undergraduate coursework.

Admission is competitive, and is decided by a graduate faculty committee following a thorough review of the applicant?s materials. Meeting the GPA requirement alone does not ensure admission. Students who are not admitted to the program may be eligible to enroll in some CDS courses with non-degree seeking status.

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

Speech-language pathologist positions in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation companies, private practice, and universities.

Research Opportunities

Thesis Option Graduate Research Class Project

Student Professional Organizations

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)- Eastern Illinois University Chapter

Professional Development Opportunities

A department-sponsored Graduate Forum is held each spring, and attendance at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual conventions is encouraged.

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Nine departmental graduate assistantships.

Faculty Listing

Communication Disorders & Sciences, Human Services Center 2207
Contact Name: Dr. Rebecca Throneburg, Graduate Coordinator
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