Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA), Certificate

(Code 622-603)

This Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate is intended to provide students seeking a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders the opportunity to add coursework and experiences to meet the criteria for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Speech-Language Pathology Certification (C-SLPA). Students will learn clinical procedures as well as roles and responsibilities of the SLPA. Each student will enroll in a clinical experience with an opportunity to earn 100 hours of supervised clinical practice in an off-site clinical setting.

Admission requirements:

  • Declared CSD major
  • Letter of intent that clearly states why you would want to pursue the SLPA Certificate
  • Two recommendations from CSD faculty 
  • Minimum junior standing

The SLPA certificate is only open to Communication Science and Disorders majors with a minimum CSD GPA of 2.5.  The SLPA Certificate will be awarded to those students who have completed the following courses at a grade level of C or above. The SLPA Certificate is a combination of 15-16 credits that include a clinical experience.  

Required Courses10
SEIP 200Introduction to Diverse Learners3
CSD 370Clinical Procedures in Communication Disorders3
CSD 471
Choose one of the following:2-3
Facilitating Communication in Preschool Children
(Adult Communication Intervention)
Classroom Language Applications in AAC
Choose one of the following:3
Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers
Introduction to Behavior Analysis and Therapy

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate clinical writing and documentation necessary for a speech language pathology assistant.
  • Explain policies and procedures for speech language pathology assistants including universal precautions, ethics, and client confidentiality.
  • Implement intervention strategies for individuals in need of speech and language intervention in a variety of settings while earning up to 100 hours of clinical field work (practicum).