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Major in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Designed to prepare students to recognize and treat communication disorders, Elmhurst's 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 clinical practice in the majority of medical and educational settings in the United States. In fact, we prepare our students so well that over the past several years, 90 to 100 percent of the majors who applied to graduate school were accepted.

You'll have ample opportunities to gain experience and skills at Elmhurst. Right here on campus at our Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, you can gain clinical hours necessary for ASHA certification. In addition, our communication sciences and disorders graduates often work at facilities such as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Children's Memorial Specialty Pediatric Center in Westchester and public schools and special education centers. Our students also gain research experience; many have presented at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention and at the National Council on Undergraduate Research.

All students are encouraged to join NSSLHA (National Student-Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

A major in communication sciences and disorders requires the following courses:

Required Courses
CSD 203 Phonetics I (.50 credit)
CSD 204 Phonetics II (.50 credit)
CSD 234 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
CSD 245 Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Educational Settings (.50 credit)
CSD 246 Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Medical Settings (.50 credit)
CSD 337 Language Development Across the Lifespan
CSD 339 Introduction to Audiology: Principles and Methods
CSD 340 Fluency Disorders (.50 credit)
CSD 341 Phonological and Articulatory Disorders
CSD 343 Neurological Bases of Communication
CSD 344 Speech Science
CSD 443 Language Problems in Children
CSD 454 Clinical Methods and Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology
CSD 377, 378, 477 and 478 (Four practica in speech-language pathology)

Plus two courses from the following:
CSD 342 Voice Disorders (.50 credit)
CSD 345 Professional Writing in Speech-­Language Pathology (writing tag, information literacy tag)
CSD 354-01 Special Topics (.50 credit)
CSD 354-02 Special Topics (.50 credit)
CSD 356 Special Topics: Children at Risk from Birth to Five (January Term)

Thirty-two (32) credits are required for graduation, 10 of which must be at the 300/400 level. All 10 can be completed at Elmhurst College if all of the of the required courses for the major are taken here.

Courses required for graduate school and to meet ASHA requirements:

  • Social/behavioral science (Psychology: PSY 210 Introduction to Psychology [meets CBS AoK] or Scociology: SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology)
  • Statistics
  • Physical science (physics or chemistry)
  • CSD 355 Aural Rehabilitation
  • Biological science (general, human, or animal)

Requirements for a Type 73 certificate from the Illinois State Board of Education include:

  • A master's degree in speech-language pathology
  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science (meets CBS AoK)
  • PSY 311 Educational Psychology
  • ECE 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities

Highly Recommended Courses
CSD 233 Sign Language I
CSD 236 Sign Language II
CSD 242 Towards Understanding Autism
CSD 355 Aural Rehabilitation
MTH 345 Elementary Stats
  or
PSY 355 Stats for Scientific Research
PSY 317 Child Development
PSY 318 Adolescent Development
COM 114 Interpersonal Communication (O tag)
COM 315 Intercultural Communication (G,D tag)
REL 332 Religious Ethics and Health Care (IEJ AoK, G tag, S tag)
    or
PHL 310 Ethics and Business (IEJ AoK, S tag)

Program Admission Requirements
For admission to communication sciences and disorders, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the end of their sophomore year, and must have earned a B or above in ENG 105 and 106 or their equivalents and C or above in chemistry or physics and in biology. To remain in the major and enroll in 300-/400-level CSD courses, a 3.20 GPA must be maintained along with a GPA of 3.20 in the major classes. In order to participate in the second practicum (CSD 378) a student must take the Test of Academic Proficiency. Enrollment in a clinical practicum is contingent upon appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills or enrollment in a recommended therapy program and an A or B in the related theory courses.

Minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Any four full courses from the department constitutes a minor, except that CSD 492 cannot be counted toward a minor.

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