Our online 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 of Science in Communicative Disorders does not guarantee you 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.
Learning Format For Communicative Disorders Coursework
Our communicative disorders degree is designed to be completed online is designed to be completed online. You’ll be completing assignments, readings, labs, tests and projects throughout the semester. Recorded lectures via Mediasite will connect you with professors and other students on your own time. This program is also offered as in-person degree on the ENMU-Portales campus.
Advising for Communicative Disorders Majors
We know college can be complicated and to stay on track, you might need some help. In the communicative disorders program we offer advising via phone or email to help you make smart decisions.
Communicative Disorders Resources and Academic Help
At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance learning students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance learning librarian on staff, you’ll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.
If you end up struggling with your coursework, we also have graduate assistants available for tutoring.
Tuition and Scholarship Information for CDIS Majors
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 the discounted rate of $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 70% 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. If you have completed 12 hours of CDIS courses, the Ike and Joy Stevenson Scholarship for CDIS Students.
Career Opportunities in Communicative Disorders
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:
- Rehabilitation centers
- Private practice
- State agencies
Additional CDIS 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.
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.
CDIS Program 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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