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EIU Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences


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.

CAA Accreditation

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 2016. Program strengths identified included the following:

  • The site visitors viewed the strong relationships between faculty and students as an obvious strength of the program. Students reported the faculty are unusually accessible, interested in their development as professionals, and responsive to their personal needs. 
  • The university President and Provost assured the site visitors that the communication disorders and sciences program has been and will continue to be a "signature" graduate program.
  • Interviews with off-campus supervisors verified the strong preparation of candidates upon entry to the internships and the benefit of dedicated 14-week internships in both the school and medical settings.


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ISBE Accreditation

The program meets requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education 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.


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Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2712
(217) 581-7105t

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