UVM Continuing and Distance Education, in conjunction with the UVM Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, offers an online Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathology Pre-Master’s Track Certificate Program (SLP Pre-Master’s Track Program) for students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology, but who do not have the required undergraduate coursework to matriculate.
The SLP Pre-Master’s Certificate Program consists of six online prerequisite courses necessary for admission to the UVM Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders and to many other similar graduate programs.
The same program plus two additional courses prepares students to work in a public school as a speech-language pathology assistant. This SLPA certificate program meets all of the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) guidelines for preparation of SLPAs.
A bachelor’s degree (in anything) with a GPA of 2.75 (cumulative, or last 60 credit hours) is required to apply to this program.
Before applying to the program, check with your state’s Department of Education or Health Department for SLP and/or SLPA licensure requirements, which vary from state to state. Some states may require 1-2 additional courses for SLPA state licensure; often, these are offered online through UVM.