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Communicative Disorders Online Courses

The ENMU CDIS Department offers a program of courses via the internet which can be used for 3 purposes:

  • To complete undergraduate requirements for the Bachelor of Science in CDIS.
  • To satisfy an emphasis area requirement for the Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) degree.
  • To satisfy leveling requirements necessary to gain admittance into the ENMU CDIS Graduate Program.

Students completing these courses may additionally be eligible for licensure as an Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist (ASL)/Speech-Language Pathology Apprentice (SLPA). Requirements vary from state to state and students interested in this option must consult their State Regulation and Licensing Board for exact requirements. ENMU does not guarantee licensure from any state following the completion of our courses. It is the student's responsibility to be advised of state licensing requirements and to work with their advisor to develop a course of study which meets the standards for ASL practice.

Although some of our graduate courses are also offered using distance education technologies, ENMU does NOT offer a complete online GRADUATE program in CDIS. At least 1 regular (16 week) semester of on-campus clinical work is required for ENMU's CDIS graduate program. Student are required to enroll for on campus practicum during thier first semester following admission into the CDIS Graduate Program. Failure to meet outcomes for first semester practicum will result in additional on campus practicum requirements.

Students wishing to transfer ENMU courses to another university should be sure to speak with their receiving advisor/coordinator prior to enrolling to determine which courses are required and to ensure transfer applicability for undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. While an ENMU advisor can assist you in determining course equivalencies, ENMU holds no authority with regard to the acceptance of transfer credits to satisfy another university's degree requirements.

 

Application and Admission
Course Schedules
Course Formats
Enrolling in Courses
Course Prerequisites
Technology Requirements
Computer Use Policy
Preparing for Classes
Advising
Tuition
Financial Aid
Transferring Coursework
More Information for Undergraduates
More Information for Graduates

 

Application and Admission

Students who are seeking the CDIS Bachelor's degree will apply to the university as undergraduate students.

If a prospective student already has a bachelor’s degree and is seeking to complete prerequisites in order to apply to a graduate program in communication disorders (leveling), they MUST apply as a graduate student, CDIS leveler.

Students can apply online for both options. Additional information for each group of students is included later on this page. Please read these sections prior to emailing with questions or for additional information.

ENMU does not have a formal admissions deadline for undergraduate courses. Students are advised to apply early enough to allow time for transcripts to arrive at the university and for proper procedures to be completed. As a general rule, students should apply for admission at least 30 days before the start of their first semester. After all application materials are submitted, there is a two to three day processing window. Additional questions about this process should be addressed to the Admissions office. Students should be advised that the availability of online CDIS courses is limited and these classes fill quickly . Early registration is the best way to ensure a seat in desired courses.

 

Course Schedules

The CDIS Program has multiple options available for matriculation. All online courses are offered at least once per year. Details about course rotations, pre-requisites, and course length are listed on our CDIS Course Rotations and Suggested Course of Study page. Students may begin the sequence of courses in any semester, though some courses have pre-requisites so please note those requirements.

Bachelor's degree seeking students are referred to their catalog of record for General Education and credit hour requirements for the Bachelor's degree. Students who are seeking the undergraduate degree are strongly encouraged to complete their course of study using the 16 week options. We have found this to be most successful for Bachelor's degree seeking students.

Graduate non-degree seeking (leveling) students may complete the CDIS leveling sequence in a single year, but only by attending full-time and by beginning in the summer session (recommended) or the fall session (more difficult but possible). The sequence cannot be completed in a year if the sequence is started in a spring semester.

Some of our students in CDIS choose to attend the university on a part-time basis. Most students who are working full-time go to school part-time as it is very difficult to complete a full-time load (12 hours) of CDIS coursework and maintain job responsibilities simultaneously.   Suggested course of study options for part-time enrollment using both 8 and 16 week courses are available on our CDIS Course Rotations and Suggested Course of Study page. A part-time course of leveling study generally takes two years, but students are welcome to progress at their own pace.

Students who wish to complete observations/apprenticeships in the public schools will need to plan to take CDIS 441 in a fall or spring semester rather than the summer.

 

Course Formats

Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, ENMU's CDIS Program has offered most online courses in both 16 and 8 week formats. We also have asynchronous web classes and synchronous digital streaming video web classes.

  • Undergraduate level courses (100-400) coded with WW section numbers are asynchronous, meaning that students do not need to be in class at a particular time for a lecture and do not need to come to campus for any reason at this time. 
  • Undergraduate level courses (100-400) coded with SW section numbers may be asynchronous or synchronous, meaning that students may need to be in attendance via webcam at their computers for some classes, but may be asynchronous for others. You will need to check with the individual instructor to determine synchronous requirements. Courses coded with SW sections have digital lecture capture and so you will have access to recorded class lectures each week for the duration of the course.
  • Graduate level courses (500) coded with SW section numbers are always synchronous. You will need to be sitting in front of your computer with high speed internet, digital webcam, and active
    Skype account during all appointed class times. Failure to do so will result in failure to pass the course.

Availability will be subject to enrollment patterns, meaning that low enrolled courses may be cancelled. We do not anticipate this occurring, though it does occasionally happen.

It has been our experience that Bachelor's degree seeking (undergraduate) students matriculate best using 16 week course rotations. Full-time non degree seeking levelling students (graduate) tend to prefer 8 week course options, particularly those who are not working and wish to complete the sequence in one year. Part-time graduate students typically take one 8 week course followed by another 8 week courses each semester, or they take two 16 week courses simultaneously each semester.

You may start any semester you like, but students are advised to pay careful attention to course prerequisites. Observations are required for CDIS 441; however, this can be completed in your local area and you are not required to come to campus to meet this requirement. 

 

Enrolling in Courses

After being accepted into ENMU, students are free to register for some or all of the classes offered at the undergraduate level (100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses).  CDIS undergraduate courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are permitted to enroll independently until the class is full and then students who could not register must wait until the course is offered again. 

All online courses DO have class-size limitations that may restrict student access to classes. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so students should register as early as possible to ensure enrollment in desired courses. 

Students may enroll themselves in 16 week and first 8 week courses. To ensure that a spot is reserved for students who wish to attend during the second 8 weeks, it is highly recommended that students enroll in follow-up second 8 week courses at the time of registration for first 8 week courses. If these second 8 week courses require prerequisite completion, students will need to contact the Department Chair, Dr. Suzanne Swift, for enrollment into these courses. Please include a copy of your semester schedule verifying enrollment in prerequisites along with your student ID number and the CRN for the course you would like to attend in your correspondence.

Undergraduate graduate students may enroll in up to 18 hours without overload approval from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Graduate students may enroll in up to 12 hours without overload approval from the Graduate Dean. You will need to contact your advisor (undergraduate students) or Dr. Suzanne Swift (graduate students) to begin the approval process.

Enrollment in STAT 213 requires prior completion of Intermediate Algebra or higher. Undergraduate students who attempt to register for this course and who encounter registration errors should contact their advisor or Mr. Dwayne Wilkerson for assistance. Graduate students who attempt to register for this course and who encounter registration errors should contact Dr. Suzanne Swift for assistance.

Admission to the Graduate Program in CDIS (if you wish to take 500 level courses for completion of the Master's degree in CDIS) is a separate process with different admission requirements. Students interested in the Graduate Program are advised to visit the page linked above. Again, ENMU does NOT offer a completely online graduate program. At least one semester of on-campus clinical practicum is required for the M.S. in CDIS degree.

 

Course Prerequisites

The CDIS Program will not waive pre-requisites under any circumstances as these courses contain information required for successfully completing second 8 week sessions. If you feel that you have taken the appropriate prerequisites for a course at another university, you will need to provide a transcript verifying this information as well as a course description (and possibly a syllabus) to the appropriate director to be enrolled in the secondary course. Undergraduate students should send documents to Mr. Dwayne Wilkerson and graduate students should send documents to Dr. Suzanne Swift. Students should include their student ID number and the CRN for the course they wish to enroll in as part of their correspondence.

Students who have taken a statistics course at another university which includes both interpretation and computation of descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g., properties of the bell curve, probability, t-tests, ANOVAs, correlations) and who can verify this completion with a C or better on a transcript will not need to take STAT 213. Undergraduate degree seeking students will need to submit these transcripts for approval through their advisors to the MATH Department. Graduate leveling students will need to have this course approved by the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Suzanne Swift.

Current certification requirements also include one physical science with a lab (must be physics or chemistry), one life science with a lab (preferably anatomy), and one social science (preferably psychology). Students should be advised that these courses will be required by ASHA prior to award of the CCC-SLP.

 

Technology Requirements

Students must be prepared to use a Windows based operating system (Windows Vista or Windows 7). Course notes are posted on Blackboard in Microsoft Word or .pdf format. Assignments must be submitted to instructors in Microsoft Word. Students must also be able to download and open Adobe PDF formats. Students enrolled in online graduate work must have a webcam, DSL or high speed internet, a Skype address, and a means to phone-in to classes while connected to the internet. ENMU professors will not be responsible for accessibility issues nor for course instruction, information, or assignments missed secondary to these issues. ENMU's Information Technology Services (ITS) has an abundance of student resources available to distance education students. Students are strongly advised to make sure their computer systems are operable prior to the first day of classes.

 

Information Technology/Computer Use Policy

All individuals with a University account are provided with the computer use policies and procedures and have agreed to abide by the terms set forth. Failure to abide by the guidelines in the policy shall subject any user of the University computer system to sanctions, which may result in denial of computer account privileges, and/or disciplinary action. This could lead to expulsion from the University, dismissal from a position, or legal action.

The integrity of the University computer systems shall be maintained by protection of
accounts through use of passwords. Any violation of the integrity of a University computer system shall be deemed to be a prohibited misappropriation of University property. Attempts to perform any of the following acts are among such prohibited actions:

  1. Make an account available to any person who is not authorized access by the University
  2. Defeat the security system of any computer
  3. Circumvent the accounting system
  4. Access and/or use of an account without authorization
  5. Use accounts for other than intended purposes
  6. Misappropriate the data or files of another person
  7. Download or upload copyrighted material

Authorization for access to any account by someone other than the primary user must be approved by the
appropriate administrator, who shall arrange for maintenance of appropriate records of that authorization.
The account holder shall bear the responsibility and the consequences of allowing any access to his or her
account without appropriate administrative authorization.

 

Preparing for Classes

Most undergraduate online CDIS courses are 8 week offerings. Due to the fast paced nature of 8 week courses, students need to be prepared ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS with their textbooks and other necessary materials. Following registration, students taking online courses should IMMEDIATELY:

  1. Order their textbooks.
    Information about which books will be used and how to order them can be found at the ENMU Bookstore when registration opens.
  2. Login to their enmu.edu email.
    Blackboard shells open 2 weeks prior to the start of courses. Because every day counts in an 8 week course, instructors will sometimes email syllabi and other information about the course prior to Blackboard shells opening. If you are having difficulty with accessing your email, please refer to the resources listed on the ENMU Student Email page.
  3. Login to Blackboard.
    Go to the Blackboard homepage and complete the technology check. You need to login to Blackboard EVERY DAY while your course is running. Students who fail to do so may accidentally miss deadlines which instructors may not extend!
  4. FOR 1SW section students:
    If you are planning on attending courses via Mediasite, make sure you have a reliable high speed internet connection, a web camera, a phone that you can use while you are on the internet, and a Skype account.  Please request to be added to contacts from enmu.cdis.program through SKYPE so that we can see and hear you in class when needed.  
  5. Visit the Distance Education online pages.
    Learn more about online courses and review FAQs.

 

Advising

Degree seeking students will be assigned advisors through the Department. Non-degree seeking students are not assigned advisors, but are welcome to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Suzanne Swift for assistance.

 

Tuition

Graduate students who are leveling and who are taking CDIS courses numbered 100-499 will incur undergraduate tuition rates.

Graduate students MUST have applied as a graduate student, CDIS leveler for this to occur.

 

Students who take 6 hours or less per semester will be charged in state tuition, irrespective of their state of residence.

All summer tuition is charged at in-state residency rates, irrespective of the number of hours actually taken.

Tuition rates can be accessed here. All online courses have a $5 per credit hour course fee added to these rates.

 

Financial Aid

Bachelor's degree seeking students are typically eligible for financial aid.

Leveling students in CDIS who have applied as graduate students, CDIS levelers may be eligible for financial aid for ONE calendar year, regardless of the number of hours they take. Students who wish to take CDIS leveling courses should apply to the CDIS leveling program for provisional admission. This admission status will allow students to be eligible for financial aid for one calendar year, regardless of the number of hours taken. It does not imply admission into the CDIS graduate program.

Leveling students who desire financial aid assistance beyond one year may wish to pursue the second Bachelor's degree seeking option. In such cases, students will pursue the CDIS undergraduate degree plan and should follow procedures listed above for undergraduate students. Please be advised that the degree in CDIS is a composite major and so requires hours beyond the CDIS leveling courses listed above. Interested students are encouraged to review the following degree requirements and the CDIS Degree Plan for specific information.

Additional financial aid questions should be addressed to the Office of Financial Aid.

 

Transferring Coursework for Acceptance into Prospective Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

You should be advised that different universities require various courses for their individual undergraduate and graduate programs.  You will need to visit with the undergraduate/graduate program director of your prospective university to ascertain what your potential program specifically requires.  While we have many students who take our courses and are accepted into other university programs without complication, our courses are designed for our program alone and we do not guarantee that our courses will meet the requirements of any other program. 

Admission into the ENMU graduate program requires that you take all of the leveling courses we have listed on our Graduate Program Information page.  As mentioned previously, other programs may have different requirements. 

Students wishing to transfer ENMU courses to another university should be sure to speak with their receiving advisor/coordinator prior to enrolling to determine which courses are required as well as to ensure transfer applicability for undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. While an ENMU advisor can assist you in determining course equivalencies, ENMU holds no authority with regard to the acceptance of transfer credit to satisfy another university's degree requirements.

 

More Information for Undergraduate Students

For more information about our distance learning program, how to get your undergraduate degree in CDIS online from ENMU, or for information about how to use CDIS online courses for a BUS degree, please contact Dr. Suzanne Swift.

  • Please browse our information page for future students here.
  • Degree requirements and course descriptions for the undergraduate program in CDIS can be accessed via the web in the Undergraduate Catalog. CDIS descriptions begin on page 143. The CDIS Degree Plan can also be accessed from this page.

 

Students wishing to complete their B.S. in CDIS online must:

  1. Apply to the University as an undergraduate student, degree seeking
  2. Send transcripts. Transcripts must be official and should be sent directly to Admissions. These are processed through the Registrar's/Transfer Equivalency Office and credit awarded will be reflected on the student's ENMU transcript. Most hours from other universities do transfer; however, not all hours are applicable to meeting degree plan requirements. These hours may be counted as elective credits. Hours which cannot be used to satisfy graduation requirements include remedial courses and courses which did not result in a grade (S or Audit courses). Courses which have been repeated for credit will only be counted once.
  3. Declare their major in CDIS and have a degree plan on file with the Advising Center at ENMU. This cannot be done during your university application. This is a separate process and must be completed using the above link.
  4. Be assigned an advisor. After the student's degree plan has been formulated, the student will be sent a copy and then assigned an advisor through the CDIS Program. Students needing advising prior to this time who are taking some courses on campus should contact Mr. Dwayne Wilkerson. Completely online students should contact Dr. Suzanne Swift.

To ensure that general education and other degree requirements are met in a timely manner, careful planning and scheduling is essential, particularly when students need to secure seats in online courses which are not scheduled in the CDIS Department. General education and other non-CDIS course requirements for the Bachelor's degree may not be offered online using a set rotation. This requires that students must be vigilant about advising each semester. Several course requirements have prerequisites which must also be considered in matriculation planning.

 

More Information for Graduate Students

Students wishing to complete their CDIS leveling requirements online at ENMU must:

  1. Apply to the University as a graduate student, non-degree seeking. Students should allow 30 days for acceptance and issuance of a student ID number. The GRE is not required for a non-degree seeking leveling student. The GRE is only required prior to application for the CDIS Graduate Program.
  2. Send transcripts. Transcripts must be official and should be sent to the graduate school office. Please be advised that your transcripts are not stored electronically. Students seeking admission into a course requiring prerequisites will need to provide copies of transcripts to Dr. Swift as indicated previously in order to be registered.

All courses listed above are required for graduate leveling/graduate pre-requisites prior to admittance into our CDIS Graduate Program. These courses must be completed with a C or better. Please contact Dr. Suzanne Swift for questions regarding the Graduate Program in CDIS at ENMU.

Acceptance as a graduate student at ENMU does not ensure a student admission into the CDIS Graduate Program. As mentioned previously, admission to the Graduate Program in CDIS (if you wish to take 500 level courses for completion of the Master's in CDIS) is a separate process with different admission requirements. Students interested in the Graduate Program are advised to visit the page linked above.

Again, ENMU does NOT offer a completely online graduate program. Your first two semesters of clinical practicum as an ENMU student MUST BE COMPLETED ON CAMPUS for the M.S. in CDIS degree.

 

 

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