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Professional Roles and Activities

  • Identify, define, and diagnose disorders
  • Conduct research
  • Provide direct services to treat disorders
  • Educate & supervise, future speech-language pathologists.
  • Train, supervise, and manage speech-language pathology assistants and other support personnel.
  • Promote healthy lifestyle practices for the prevention of communication, hearing, swallowing disorders.

Common Practice Settings:

  • Public and private schools
  • Universities and university clinics
  • Private practice settings
  • Community and state agencies and institutions
  • Group homes and sheltered workshops
  • Corporate and industrial settings
  • Research facilities
  • Correctional institutions
  • Private residences
  • Government agencies
  • Health care settings (e.g., hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home health agencies)
  • Neonatal intensive care units, early intervention settings, preschools, and day care centers

Cooperation with Other Agencies/Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA is the only body that can officially certify that a training program is meeting requirements for adequate preparation of speech-language pathologists, a process known as accreditation. The SIUC CDS program has been accredited by ASHA for many years and is currently accredited. Many of our students apply to become members of ASHA after graduation, and the CDS program director certifies to ASHA that each applicant for ASHA membership has completed an educational program at an accredited training program.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). ISBE is the state agency responsible for documenting individuals who want to be employed by public schools in Illinois. Students in CDS may meet the requirements developed by ISBE to work as speech-language pathologists in public schools. They do this by (a) completing the master's degree in CDS, and--in some cases-- (b) completing the Teacher Education Program (TEP) through the SIUC School of Education. Students in the SIUC CDS program are not required to complete the TEP, but we advise they consider doing so because some employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists exist with public schools.

llinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR). This agency is responsible for certifying that a speech-language pathologist has the credentials necessary to provide clinical speech-language services in Illinois. Once the IDPR has done this they issue the speech-language pathologist a license to practice. We make certain that when a student graduates from our program we have done all that a training program can do to prepare the student for obtaining a license from IDPR.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). This national organization is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. National membership is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full- or part-time in a communication sciences program or related major. SIUC has a very active local chapter of NSSLHA; in 2011 our local chapter was awarded Gold Chapter Recognition, the highest award a chapter can receive.

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
2014/2015 27 27 100
2013/2014 27 27 100
2012/2013 26 26 100
3 year average 26.6 26.6 100

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
2015/2016 24 2 1 89%
2014/2015 26 1 0 96%
2013/2014 24 3 0  89%
3 year average 24.67 2 .33  91.33%

* 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 (%)
2014/2015 29 100
2013/2014 27 93
2012/2013 25 96
3 year average 27 96