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The master’s of science in education program in speech-language pathology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a national voluntary membership association whose primary scientific and professional focus is on human communication behavior and disorders. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits graduate programs that prepare individuals to enter professional practice in audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The CAA was established by ASHA and is authorized to function autonomously in setting and implementing standards and awarding accreditation. The CAA is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Secretary of Education as the accrediting agency for the accreditation and preaccreditation (accreditation candidate) of education programs leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master's or doctoral level and for the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education, throughout the United States.

The intention of accreditation is to promote excellence in educational preparation while assuring the public that graduates of accredited programs are educated in a core set of knowledge and skills required to qualify for state and national credentials for independent professional practice. Quality education can be achieved in a variety of ways, and the CAA wishes to support programs in the achievement of the highest quality possible. These standards identify basic elements that must exist in all accredited graduate education programs while allowing flexibility in the ways in which programs pursue excellence.

The CAA has identified the following six components as essential to quality education in the professions and has established its accreditation standards accordingly:

  • administrative structure and governance
  • faculty
  • curriculum (academic and clinical education)
  • students
  • assessment
  • program resources

(source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)

The SIUC CDS program was accredited most recently by the CAA in 2017, and as a result of that accreditation we are currently accredited through 2025. Our program is due for review beginning in 2/2024.

CDS Strategic Plan 2021-22

Student Achievement Data

Praxis Exam of Educational Testing Service: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires individuals seeking national certification as speech-language pathologists (CCC-SLP) to pass the Praxis Exam. Passage of the Praxis is not an SIUC CDS program requirement because national certification is voluntary.

Praxis Exam Pass Rates

Period Students taking the exam Students who passed Pass Rate
2017/2018 23 23 100%
2016/2017 27 25 94%
2015/2016 27 26 96%
3 year average 26.3 24.7 97%

Program Completion Rates: The average program completion rates for the graduation cohorts in the last 3 years (based on enrollment data), within the program's published expectation for length of time for students to complete degree (i.e., 5 semesters).

Communication Disorders and Sciences Graduate Program Completion Rates

Period Number completed program within expected time frame Number completed later than expected time frame Number not completing Percentage completing in expected timeframe
2018/2019 23 0 1 96%
2017/2018 21 3 0 88%
2016/2017 27 0 0 100%
3 year average 23 1 .3 95%

* Note that some students take more time to complete the program because they choose to take courses part time.

Employment Rates: Number and percentage of CDS program's graduates who have been employed in the profession within one year of graduation, including graduates who are either employed or are pursuing further education in the profession. This is based on the number of graduates who contacted the SIUC CDS program to indicate they had not been employed and/or needed employment assistance. If graduates did not contact the program then the program made the assumption that the student found employment in the field.

Employment Rate in the Profession

Period Number of graduates (#) Percent of graduates (%)
2017/2018 25 100%
2016/2017 27 100%
2015/2016 27 100%
3 year average 26 100%