Our Major


Communication sciences and disorders students study speech and language development, anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, speech and hearing sciences, speech, language and hearing pathologies, and basic evaluation and management procedures.

Graduates continue study in either speech-language pathology or audiology to the completion of the master's degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association after passing the national examination and completing the clinical fellowship year.

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Students wishing to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in the state of Illinois must have a master's degree and licensure. Those wishing to work in the schools must have a master's degree and state teacher certification. WIU CSD Master's graduates quality for an Illinois Type 73 Certificate (school service personnel certificate endorsed for non-teaching speech-language pathology).

Speech-language pathology ranks among the top 10 professions in providing jobs for the 21st century. Our graduates pursue careers in education, government and private agencies, business, and industry. Some go on to further graduate study.

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree program in speech-language pathology at Western Illinois University is accredited by Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Graduate students engage in coursework and clinical practica experiences to prepare them for careers as speech-language pathologists across all clinical settings.