Welcome to the stimulating and rewarding profession of speech-language pathology and the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University.
CDS offers current, challenging and applied curriculum in its academic and clinical requirements. It is a program of study for speech-language pathology or audiology within the College of Sciences.
Internship supervisors and employers report EIU students are very well-prepared to work in medical and educational settings.
All students have passed the ASHA Praxis exam for many years. Mean test scores on ASHA Praxis exam are 5-10% ABOVE state and national averages
EIU faculty are the clinical supervisors, not adjunct staff. EIU faculty members provide mentoring, demonstration, clinical resources, and scaffolded clinical expectations as part of the clinical instruction process. We see clinical assignments as a valuable clinical teaching opportunity.
Undergraduate and graduate students in EIU’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provide diagnostic and treatment services to more than 100 clients per semester. Clients include toddlers, preschoolers, elementary, high school and college-age students with a variety of speech and language disorders. Adults with acquired disorders such as voice, aphasia, cognitive-communication, dysarthria, and apraxia are also seen at the clinic. EIU supervisors also provide services with graduate students at local schools.
EIU graduate students receive a wide variety of clinical experiences prior to full-time 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).
Dedicated faculty have clinical expertise and maintain a caseload in our clinic which insures that they are able to provide the latest treatment instruction. In addition, faculty are in contact with working professionals and internship supervisors gathering feedback on specific disorder areas that need to be infused in course curriculum. Consequently, faculty expertise and feedback from working speech-pathologists provide the basis for case scenarios and video examples infused in academic courses. In addition, many class assignments are case based and promote application and integration of course knowledge. Internship supervisors consistently comment on how well prepared EIU graduate students are for their internship experiences. Our faculty strongly believe this is in part due to our dedication to case based instruction.
The master's degree program includes 30 semester hours of core courses required for all candidates and 4 semester hours of special topics selected by the student for specialization and interest, seven semester hours of advanced practicum. The final two semesters consist of a full-time 14-week medical internship and a full-time 14-week educational internship that can be completed throughout the state or country. Click here for more information on this program.
The Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences offers a distance education master's degree program in speech-language pathology intended for individuals with a bachelor's degree in communication disorders who have obtained significant relevant work experience with children or adults since graduation.
For students who have a baccalaureate degree in a major other than CDS. Click here for more information on this program.