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Eastern New Mexico University

Communicative Disorders (CDIS)

A degree in communicative disorders prepares students for exciting careers in speech-language pathology and audiology. Certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists work with a wide variety of different-aged clients to address a broad spectrum of communication difficulties. This may include clients with language, articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, and hearing disorders who range in age from infants to the elderly. In addition, speech pathologists and audiologists may also 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.


Degrees in Communication Disorders


Facts about Speech-Language Pathology

What are the job prospects for a speech-language pathologist? Where can I get more information? If interested, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 118,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Additional information about employment prospects can also be found at the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.


Program Mission

The mission of the Communicative Disorders Program is:

  • To meet the needs of the community and to better serve those having communicative impairments by providing high quality but affordable diagnostic and rehabilitative services
  • To increase the number of competent therapy providers by increasing the number of Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates in speech language pathology each year, and
  • To provide a comprehensive outcome-based education supplemented by active learning experiences, both on and off campus to CDIS students at ENMU.

Students obtaining a baccalaureate degree in CDIS should be academically capable and show proficiency with pre-professional competencies (graduate program pre-requisite skills) in CDIS content areas, basic research, introductory clinical practice, and verbal/written presentation abilities. The comprehensive nature of the undergraduate program, with its emphasis on a broad theoretical foundation in normal and disordered human communication is to prepare students for graduate study in speech/language pathology and/or audiology.

Graduate students in CDIS must demonstrate entry-level competence as defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation policy and as specified by Knowledge and Skills Acquisition (KASA) learning outcomes. ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The use of KASA learning outcomes as recommended by ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with accreditation standards related to preparing students to meet ASHA certification requirements. The KASA learning outcomes link knowledge area standards as specified by the CFCC with specific graduate curriculum knowledge and skills that must be acquired by the conclusion of the graduate program. The overall mission of the Graduate program in CDIS is to prepare students for national certification and licensure as practicing speech-language pathologists.


Link to University Mission:

Eastern New Mexico University combines a traditional learning environment with twenty-first century technology to provide a rich educational experience.  The CDIS Program enhances this mission with its diversified learning formats – we offer Mediasite digital streaming, synchronous and asynchronous online/internet courses, and Blackboard enhanced courses each semester. In addition to this, our courses offer maximum flexibility to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students through course offerings in both 8 and 16 week formats with evening and weekend courses available. Eastern emphasizes liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life.  The ENMU CDIS Program supports these tenets through advanced critical thinking and application tasks during applied learning and life activities, particularly those which work toward the understanding of communicative and cultural diversity (including the diversity of disability). Active learning takes place during case study, laboratory, and clinical practicum exercises, as does scholarship as students design and complete various data-gathering and research activities to improves services to the clients they serve.

Link to College Mission:

The CDIS mission likewise enhances that of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in providing courses with content that transcends a wide spectrum of the liberal arts and sciences. Courses address areas such as speech, language(s)/cultural diversity, anatomy/physiology, biology/genetics, acoustics and properties of sound, psychological principles, research, grammar composition/writing, public speaking, and community/client services. As CDIS graduates must provide autonomous services in community based settings, students completing our programs are well prepared for “on your feet” decision making and leadership roles within their occupational placements.


Link to Graduate School Mission:

The mission of the graduate program in CDIS supports that of the Graduate School in multiple ways. The program seeks to encourage research, independent thought, and intellectual/analytical growth by providing up-to-date instruction in the prevention, identification, evaluation, and remediation of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders. The intensive classroom and clinical educational experiences prepare students for state licensure and certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and ultimately, to secure successful careers in the field of speech-language pathology and to provide services to clients with communicative disorders.


ENMU CDIS Program Launches BackChat

BackChat is a dual purpose blog to showcase student research in communicative disorders
and the reflections and ramblings of the CDIS faculty, students, "visiting SLPs", and alumni. We publish student works here of all kinds in our ENMU CDIS online journal ( "SoundOff").

BackChat was developed to encourage dissemination of information about communication sciences and disorders. The purpose of this site is to explore evidence based practice, research, and service learning in CDIS. We hope that the information found there may be used as a springboard for other students, fellow researchers, and especially practicing clinicians. 

Our new site is still getting off the ground, but grab a cup of coffee and come on by. We'd love to hear your "BackChat" so please drop in for a visit.


ENMU CDIS Program on Facebook

We know that some of you are die-hard "Facebookers" so we have a page here too. This site will contain new student introductions and general activities going on in the program. Here's where all the good photos are stored. "Like us" and we'll share a smile.



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.

Our department's strategic plan and assessment plans are available for public review in the Program Documents and Forms Link to the right on this page.




CDIS Complaint Process

Students who wish to appeal their grades should first discuss this issue with the instructor of record. If this does not resolve the process, students are afforded due process and may next appeal the instructor decision to the Chair or the Program director, then to the Dean, and finally, to the VPAA.

Students who wish to file a complaint with ASHA may do so at:

Procedures for Complaints Against Graduate Education Programs
Procedures for Complaints Against the Council on Academic Accreditation


Accreditation Status

The Master's of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Eastern New Mexico University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


Contact Us

For more information on our undergraduate program, please contact the department office at 575.562.2156 or the Undergraduate Program Director, Mr. Dwayne Wilkerson at 575.562.2159.

For graduate student information, contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Suzanne Swift at 575.562.2724.