This concentration prepares students for employment as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. SLPAs are support personnel who work under the supervision of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), usually in school or rehab settings. SLPAs assist speech language pathologists in treating individuals with speech, language, fluency and voice disorders in a variety of settings. They provide a wide range of services including implementing speech and language programs designed by the SLP. The SLPA concentration is a flexible option for students who may want to work in the field before choosing to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. Students graduating with this concentration will be eligible to apply for the national American Speech-Hearing-Language Association certification. Included in the coursework is 100 hours of practicum experience that meets fieldwork guidelines for the national certification program.
If you enjoy working with people of all ages, in a variety of settings such as schools, health clinics, private practice, early intervention and other work settings with the goal of improving communication and overall quality of life, this might be a good career path to explore. Visit American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)