Employment Rates of Graduates Within One Year of Graduation

Employment rates of the program’s graduates are high. During the past three academic years (2011-2012 through 2013-2014), 100 percent of our graduates were employed in the profession of speech-language pathology within one year of graduation. In fact, many graduate students typically find employment within the profession prior to graduation.   

Academic YearNumber of Graduates (#)Percent of Graduates (%)
2013 - 201431100
2012 - 201338100
2011 - 201239100
Three-Year Average  100%

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Graduates

Requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and the State of Illinois license in speech-language pathology include successful completion of the Praxis national examination in speech-language pathology. The pass rates for our students are very high. During the past three academic years (2011-2012 through 2013-2014), the program's average pass rate was 98 percent (98%). This pass rate exceeds the national pass rate for the examination. 

Academic YearNumber of Students
Taking the Examination

Number of Students
Passed (#)

Pass Rate (%)
2013 - 20142828100
2012 - 20133232100
2011 - 2012373697.3
Three-Year Average   98%

Program Completion Rates

Program completion rates are very high. The graduate program in Communication Disorders has one of the highest retention rates in the university. The program occasionally will have graduate students who do not complete the program for a variety of reasons (academic and non-academic). Since Fall 2007, the percentage of graduate students who were admitted to the program during a particular academic year and who completed the graduate program (or are in the process of completing the graduate program) ranged from ninety-four percent (94.3%) (cohort admitted in Fall 2012) to one-hundred percent (100%) in other years. Of those students admitted to our graduate program since Fall 2007, only seven students did not complete the program.


Academic YearNumber (#)
Completed Program Within
Expected Time Frame
Number (#)
Completed Program Later
Than Expected
Time Frame
Number (#) Not
Percentage (%)
Completing Within
Expected Time Frame
2013 - 2014265391
2012 - 2013371097.4
2011 - 2012372094.9


The above data represent the number of students who graduated in a specified academic year and the proportion of them who graduated within five years of entering the program. On average, part-time students take six graduate credit hours (i.e., two academic courses) per term and complete the program in about three years (i.e., 9 terms). Full-time students take nine graduate credits (i.e., three academic courses) per term and complete the program in about 2-1/3rd years (i.e., 7 terms). It is difficult to group students within cohorts because students can attend either full-time or part-time. In addition, there is considerable variability regarding the time frame for each student’s program. There is a program expectation, however, that all students will complete degree requirements within five years of admission.