The SIUC CDS program is committed to multiple complimentary missions. We provide support for, and align with, the university, college, and department missions. The program prepares undergraduate students to obtain the B.S. degree with a major in Communication Disorders and Sciences, with course work that supports entry into graduate programs in communication disorders and sciences. The program prepares graduate students to enter speech-language pathology professional clinical practice for the betterment of society. To fulfill this mission, the academic and clinical curricula are design to:
- satisfy the university and departmental requirements for a master's degree in speech-language pathology,
- meet the current recognized standards of the Amercican Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for national certification as a speech-language pathologist,
- satisfy the academic and clinical practicum requirements of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for the license in speech-language pathology,
- meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for a non-teaching professional education license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education to speech-language pathologists, and
- demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with current scope of practice and standards of ethical conduct for speech-language pathologists, as developed by the ASHA.
In order to meet this mission the SIUC CDS program will maintain accreditation by the council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA.