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. Students aspiring to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in the state of Illinois must have a master's degree and licensure. Those who pursue working in the schools, must have a master's degree and 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, healthcare, government and private agencies, business, industry and universities. 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 experiences to prepare them for careers as speech-language pathologists across all clinical settings.