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Elmhurst College's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to preparing its students for the successful understanding of human communication and its disorders and differences. Graduates of our programs go on to careers in high-growth fields including speech-language pathology, audiology and related human services.

The department offers a cutting-edge major in communication sciences and disorders that prepares students for graduate school and to make a real difference in the world. The department also offers a master of science degree in communication sciences and disorders, which prepares students to meet requirements for certification in speech-language pathology.

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in another field who would like to pursue a career in speech-language pathology or audiology may prepare for graduate programs by completing our Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program.

Communication sciences and disorders majors at Elmhurst enjoy access to a variety of clinical opportunities. On campus, students work directly with clients in Elmhurst’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Many students at Elmhurst conduct research and complete observations at area rehabilitation centers, schools and other settings. Classes are kept small at Elmhurst. With typically no more than 24 students in a class, there is extraordinary access to faculty.

The major in communication sciences and disorders provides an excellent foundation for graduate study, which is required for national certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, licensure in most states and a public school certificate in Illinois. The major is not designed for students who plan careers as speech-language pathology assistants.

The department is also home to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program.

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