The University of Vermont’s Online Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) program trains SLPAs to serve the 0-21 year old population. This is accomplished under the direct supervision of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
This program begins each year in the spring. Applications must be received by November 15 of the previous year.
Our curriculum includes the study of communication development and disorders, sound and language structure, working with culturally diverse populations, and working as a member of a collaborative team, in order to assist a supervising SLP. We value best practice efforts within inclusive educational settings, utilizing evidence-based intervention strategies for children with communication challenges and differences. We further recognize the need for communication services for very young children, birth to three years old, and provide training in family-based services.
Students can use the SLPA course sequence to improve employment opportunities in school settings or to advance a career as a speech language pathology assistant. All courses within this sequence receive University credit and may be applied towards a UVM undergraduate degree. Some courses serve as pre-requisite courses for the UVM Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate and graduate programs. Please visit their website for more information: Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders website.
Coursework and practicum experiences follow guidelines set forth by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) for the training, use and supervision of speech language pathology assistants. To further assist you, we have provided a link to ASHA’s Frequently Asked Questions concerning SLPA’s.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions or simply get in touch with UVM Continuing Education: Please call 800-639-3210 or 802-656-2085.
Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check with your state’s Department of Education for licensure requirements, since they vary from state to state.