The combined bachelor's/master's programs in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University meet the certifying requirements for the three credentials required for practice in the United States and the state of Illinois. The Certificate of Clinical Competence of the Council on Academic Accreditation is the professional accreditation for speech-language pathologists and audiologists that is recognized in every state. To work in an Illinois public school, a Type 73 teaching certificate is required. In addition, the majority of states have laws that require individuals to obtain a license to practice the professions. Most of the licensure requirements are identical or very similar to the CCC requirements.
The program of Communication Disorders and Sciences at EIU is accredited in the area of speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 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 reaccreditation visit was in 2009 and the program was re-accredited until 2016. Program strengths identified 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 the Special Type 10 Speech-Language Impaired Certificate. In 2001, the department modified its professional preparation to meet Type 73 teacher certification requirements. This certificate is required for practice in Illinois schools.
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.