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EIU Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Science

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.

Why Choose EIU for CDS

Our Grad 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.

Variety of Clinical Experiences

In conjunction with the academic training program, we operate the Eastern Illinois University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic to provide clinical experiences for students in training. The Clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services for more than 100 clients per semester. Graduate students have the opportunity to work with both adult and pediatric clients from surrounding communities in a 70-80 mile radius of Charleston. The students work closely with faculty supervisors to provide appropriate evaluations and treatment. The Clinic provides services to both adults and pediatrics in the following areas:

  • Speech disorders of articulation, phonology, apraxia, voice, stuttering, cleft palate, laryngectomy, neurological disorders, dysarthria and accent reductions
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Language deficits in language processing, language-learning disabilities, literacy, executive function, autism, developmental delay, cognitive disability, aphasia, degenerative neurological conditions, stroke, and traumatic brain injury
  • Augmentative and alternative communication systems
  • Auditory processing
  • Pure tone, speech, and tympanometry evaluations
  • Aural rehabilitation

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

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.

Graduate Programs

Traditional Graduate Program

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.

Hybrid/Online Grad 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. ( Click here for more information on this program.

Second Bachelor's Degree

For students who have a baccalaureate degree in a major other than CDS. Click here for more information on this program.

Related Pages

AccreditationsStudent OutcomesUndergraduate StudiesVisit Days for Graduate Program in CDS

Contact Information

Department of Communication
Disorders and Sciences

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

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