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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate

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Program Design

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for careers working in elementary and secondary schools with children who have communication disorders. SLPAs work under the direct supervision of a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The SLPA Certificate provides students with a specialized career path as a paraprofessional.

The array of courses offered in this certificate program will help to ensure learner success in the program and will meet local and state workforce demands in a field where there is a great need for qualified staff at the assistant level.

This program is designed for individuals who currently hold an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and who wish to become Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

The SLPA certificate program is guided by the program philosophy and mission statement of the Disability Specialist Program. Students will receive specific skill instruction to prepare them to become effective SLPAs coupled with a positive value base that will prepare them to assist individuals with disabilities toward the goals of community inclusion and participation and the attainment of their potential.

A student applying for graduation from the Speech-Language Pathology certificate program must provide proof that s/he has received an educational associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.


The SLPA certificate program is a career program. SLPA certificate program students will complete specialty courses including a supervised internship. Students may select a full-or part-time plan of study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Speech-Language Pathology Assistant certificate program requirements, graduates will

  1. Describe the process of communication and the characteristics of effective communication.
  2. Identify the differences between communication disorders and communication differences.
  3. Describe the stages of language and literacy development and distinguish among language delays, language disorders and culturally-based language differences.
  4. Explain and differentiate among the characteristics, etiologies, and impact of phonology, voice, fluency and language disorders.
  5. Explain the effect of hearing loss on the development of communication skills.
  6. Describe the role of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in supporting therapy plans for students in educational settings.

Total Credits Required: 30

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