Communication Sciences and Disorders
The master’s program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) at Elmhurst prepares students for rewarding careers as speech-language pathologists in professional settings such as schools, hospitals, clinics, research institutions, private practice and more.
Designed primarily for students with bachelor’s degrees in CSD, the graduate program prepares students for national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and for state licensure. In addition, students are prepared for employment in the Illinois public school system and endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), provided they have met the requirements for the master's degree in speech-language pathology and have completed coursework in educational psychology, teaching methods of exceptional children, and reading methods.
CSD students attend classes full time on the arboretum campus of Elmhurst College in Chicago's western suburbs. Most students can complete the program in 20 months. The program takes a cohort approach, fostering teamwork skills and strong bonds among classmates. Opportunities abound for clinical experiences in a variety of locations, from public schools to hospitals to rehab facilities to Elmhurst College’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The master's program will begin to offer a multicultural/multilingual emphasis in 2015-2016. This emphasis is designed for students with oral proficiency in more than one language who wish to pursue specialized academic, research, and clinical experiences to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Throughout the CSD curriculum, Elmhurst faculty members promote the use of evidence-based practice decisions while maintaining a mutually respectful environment. In addition to promoting scholarship and intellectual curiosity, faculty emphasize the impact of communication disorders on individuals and families.
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association accredits all graduate programs at Elmhurst College.
International Student Requirements:
In addition to the standard application materials, students from outside the United States must also submit the following: - An official evaluation in English by a foreign credentials agency of all university transcripts (along with copies of the transcripts themselves). - Proof of English proficiency, as evidenced by a minimum range of 520-537 on the paper-based and a range of 190-203 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 60 semester hours
Classification: Baccalaureate College—General
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999