Speech Language Pathology Master's Programs in Illinois

A degree in Speech Language Pathology can lead to careers in many different fields, including working in hospitals and schools. Learn about the program offerings, coursework requirements, and tuition costs of these institutions. Schools offering Bilingual and Multicultural Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The clinical track of the Master of Arts program in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares students for a career in speech-language pathology in healthcare and academic institutions. Students must complete at least 60 credit hours including 8-12 hours of clinical practice and up to 12 hours of elective courses. The program offers electives that candidates can take to qualify for the state Professional Educator License.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University's seven-quarter graduate program in Speech, Language, and Learning with concentration in Speech-Language Pathology requires 16 core didactic courses, seven clinical registrations, and two units of electives. The university operates its own on-campus clinic where students will complete their clinical curriculum. The coursework also includes two-full time externships, one in a school and the other in a medical facility or private practice.

Illinois State University

The Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology at Illinois State University requires 58 credit hours of coursework over six quarters. Aside from completing 15 core academic courses and six clinical enrollments, candidates must accomplish one of three options in order to graduate: master's thesis, independent study, and comprehensive exams.

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University offers a 58-semester hour master's degree in Communicative Disorders with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. The program requires at least 18 semester hours of practicum and either a master's thesis or a comprehensive exam. Students may also take additional courses and clinical practicum to meet licensure requirements.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

The five-semester Speech-Language Pathology graduate degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus entails 36 semester hours of credit and 22-27 semester hours of clinical work. The program runs a Speech-Language Hearing Center where students can carry out faculty-supervised intervention and assessments. Candidates can choose between a thesis plan, which requires six thesis credits, and a non-thesis plan that entails one elective and a comprehensive examination.

Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University's two-year Speech Pathology master's program requires 44 semester hours of coursework and clinical experience and 10 semester hours of internship. Students can complete their clinical work at the university's Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and at a physical education clinic in partnership with the kinesiology department. In addition to on-campus practice, students must accomplish two off-campus internships: one with pediatric clients and the other with adult clients.

Eastern Illinois University

The two-year graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Eastern Illinois University involves 30 semester hours of core courses, four semester hours of special topics, and seven semester hours of practicum. Students must accomplish a 14-week educational internship, usually done in Illinois, and another 14 weeks of medical internship, which can be completed in other states.

Governors State University

Governors State University's Master of Health Sciences in Communication Disorders, tailored for a career in speech-language pathology, usually takes seven semesters to finish for full-time students but may also be completed on a part-time basis. The program requires 55 credit hours for the non-thesis option and 58 credit hours for the thesis option. The university doesn't have its own clinic; students can fulfill their practicum requirements at more than 150 off-campus sites.

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University's graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology requires 51 credit hours over five semesters, although students can opt to extend residencies for additional academic, clinical, or research work. The program operates the Ludden Speech and Language Clinic and has affiliations with more than 250 facilities where students can complete their practicum courses. To be eligible for graduation, candidates can choose to do a research project or pass a set of comprehensive examinations.

Elmhurst College

The master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College, designed for speech-language pathology track, requires 60 semester hours that can be completed in 20 months. The program also offers a multicultural/multilingual emphasis for students who are proficient in more than one language. Candidates can complete the required clinical experience at the college's own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and at other partner facilities.

School Name Programs Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Master Of Arts In Speech & Hearing Science: Clinical $15,068 in-state, $28,221 out-of-state
Northwestern University Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning: Speech-Language Pathology Concentration $54,120
Illinois State University Master's Program in Speech Language Pathology $7,677 in-state, $12,458 out-of-state
Northern Illinois University Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders: Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology $11,904
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Master Of Science in Speech-Language Pathology $6,925
Western Illinois University Master of Science in Speech Pathology $7,767
Eastern Illinois University Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology $7,176 in-state, $17,232 out-of-state
Governors State University Master of Health Sciences in Communication Disorders $8,136 in-state, $11,704 out of state
Saint Xavier University Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology $16,000
Elmhurst College Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders $31,170

*Source: NCES

These graduate programs in Illinois provide a range of choices for people who want to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Interested applicants can compare the credit requirements, tuition costs, and facilities of each program to see which one works best for them.

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