Course Number

Education 550

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


The gift of speech is one of man's most distinguishing characteristics. It must be an asset rather than a liability. Modern life requires that each individual have command of the spoken word. Speech skills grow and develop from early infancy throughout life, but we must realize that this developnent is not equal in all children or adults. It was with the recognition of this fact, that a need for a speech correction program became apparent in the state of Illinois. Illinois has chosen to ne et this problem of handicapped individuals (all types of handicaps) by recognizing the fact that the public school was the agency to deal with this problan. A law passed in 1944 gave the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction the responsibility for establishing the standards and providing for the supervision of the speech correction program, as well as the other special education areas.