Communicative Disorders (CDIS)

A degree in communicative disorders (CDIS) prepares you for exciting careers in speech-language pathology. If you become a certified speech-language pathologist you will work with a wide variety of clients to address a broad spectrum of communication difficulties. This may include clients ranging from infants to senior citizens, who have language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and hearing disorders. In addition, speech pathologists work in a variety of settings such as schools, private clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, state-agencies and private practice. A degree in communicative disorders may lead to careers in speech science, deaf education or other related areas.

Our undergraduate communicative disorders program provides pre-professional instruction in normal and disordered processes of speech, language and hearing. It prepares you for a master's program, and eventual certification and licensure in speech-language pathology.

A bachelor's degree in communicative disorders does not guarantee entrance into a graduate program, either at ENMU or elsewhere. We encourage you to maintain high levels of academic performance as an undergraduate to increase your chances of acceptance into a graduate program. At ENMU, you need junior status, with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 to enroll in any 300-level CDIS course. To enroll in any 4XX-level CDIS course, you must have senior status with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better. The CDIS degree is a composite major and no minor is required.

Special Services and Opportunities

The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a great opportunity to get to know your CDIS colleagues, while gaining a professional membership. The NSSLHA meets throughout the school year.

Tuition and Scholarship Information

If you are an out of state CDIS leveling student or a CDIS student seeking a second bachelor's degree, you will be billed at $275 per credit hour (this price includes tuition, fees and online course fees).

When it comes to financing your education, ENMU is here to help! Over 76% of our students receive some sort of financial assistance, and we can help you find out if you qualify for any grants, loans or scholarships. If you are majoring in CDIS, there are also two additional scholarships for which you can apply: the Roger and Millie Pattison Scholarship Fund for the Speech and Hearing Clinic and, if you have completed 12 hours of CDIS courses, the Ike and Joy Stevenson Scholarship for CDIS Students.

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Career Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in CDIS will prepare you for advanced study. A master's degree in CDIS will prepare you to work as a speech-language pathologists or audiologist. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists treat a diverse client base in:

  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Private practice
  • State agencies

Additional Degree Information

ENMU CDIS undergraduate courses can be used for three purposes:

  • To fulfill undergraduate requirements for the Bachelor of Science in CDIS (first or second bachelor's).
  • To satisfy an emphasis area requirement for a Bachelor of University Studies (BUS).
  • To satisfy leveling requirements for admittance to our graduate program in communicative disorders.

If you complete these courses, you may be eligible for licensure as an Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist (ASL)/Speech-Language Pathology Apprentice (SLPA). Requirements vary from state to state, and if you are interested in this option, please consult your state's Regulation and Licensing Board for exact requirements. ENMU does not guarantee licensure from any state following the completion of our courses; it is your responsibility to know state licensing requirements and to work with your advisor to develop a course of study that meets the standards for bachelor's level practice.

We offer both on-campus and online courses in CDIS. If you're interested in taking an online course, you need to know most classes are offered online each semester, however, some required courses are only offered one time per year. All classes are offered in both traditional and distance education formats, but, many courses have pre-requisites; online courses tend to fill quickly, so careful advising is necessary.

Courses You'll Take

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders degree, including the courses you will take when you're a CDIS major at Eastern.

ADA Compliance

Students, faculty, staff and clients of the communicative disorders program are treated equitably without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, national origin or disability. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations and executive orders.


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