M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Program Requirements

In order to successfully complete the master’s program in communication sciences and disorders at Elmhurst, students must meet the following requirements.

Clinical Education
Students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours in a supervised clinical practicum.

Essential Functions for Clinical Practicum
In addition to the curriculum requirements, students must be able to demonstrate a set of essential functions in order to enroll in clinical practicum and proceed through the program.

Knowledge and Skills
Students must successfully meet the knowledge and skill requirements (KASA) of the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for clinical certification in speech-language pathology in order to graduate. Please refer to appendix G in the Graduate Practicum Handbook (pdf) to view KASA requirements.

State of Illinois Certification
Students who wish to satisfy the Illinois State Board of Education requirements for the Type 73 School Service Personnel certificate (speech and language impaired) must complete the approved program of general and professional education requirements, and pass the appropriate Illinois certification tests, including the Illinois Test of Basic Skills or the Test of Academic Proficiency, unless the student has a composite (mathematics and critical reading) SAT (with writing) score of 1030 or an ACT Plus Writing score of 22 to meet the latter requirement.

State of Illinois Licensure
Students must evidence successful completion of the program requirements and a passing score on the Praxis Exam (National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) in order to apply for a license to practice speech-language pathology in the State of Illinois. Application must be made to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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