A slightly different sequence of courses prepares students to work in a school setting with birth – 22-year-old students as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA). This SLPA Certificate Track meets all of the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA’s) guidelines for preparation of SLPAs.

The course sequence for SLPAs requires the completion of 22 credits (7 courses), with 16 credits being academically-based and 6 credits concentrating on clinical practice.

Prior to commencing the clinical coursework, students need to complete 25 hours of observation with an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. In addition, 100 hours of clinical practice, under the direct supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist or state licensed SLP, will be accrued in combination with the clinical practicum courses that end the program.

Throughout the program, students compile documents and artifacts to be included in a portfolio that demonstrates learning and understanding of the role of SLPAs in schools. The completed portfolio will be graded as part of the clinically-based coursework at the completion of the program.

You can find information regarding SLPA licensure by state on ASHA’s website here. You can find information regarding ASHA’s guidelines for SLPA preparation and scope of practice here.

Before applying to the program, check with your state’s Department of Education or Health Department for SLPA licensure requirements, which vary from state to state. Some states may require 1-2 additional courses for SLPA state licensure; often offered online through UVM.