Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Graduate Certificate

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Earn SLPA certification

Become a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) – the helping hand in speech therapy services.

Whether you plan to be an SLPA long-term or become a licensed SLP down the road, this certificate is your steppingstone.

About the speech-language pathology assistant graduate certificate

You can complete the certificate 100% online.

Courses provide basic information related to speech sound disorders, language disorders and other communication disorders seen in typical SLPA employment settings.

The SLPA certificate meets the minimum speech-language pathology technical coursework requirements needed for licensure in Missouri. You'll be able to work under the guidance of a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) and provide support.

Apply online

Apply to this certificate through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections below before you begin.

Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Lauren Jones, Graduate Program Coordinator
Professional Building, Room 120B; Phone 417-836-5275

Program description

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants (SLPAs) work as support personnel to speech language pathologists. This certificate provides basic information related to speech sound disorders, language disorders, and other communication disorders seen in typical SLPA employment settings. Students will learn how to assist the supervising speech-language
pathologist (SLP) in treating common communication disorders using prescribed protocols and procedures. The certificate prepares students to implement lesson plans, collect data, and document professionally. The SLPA certificate meets the minimum speech-language pathology technical coursework requirements required for licensure in Missouri.

Admission requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  2. A cumulative GPA (of all coursework) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  3. The following courses or their equivalent with a grade of C or higher:
Normal Language Acquisition CSD 312 - 3 credits
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity CSD 388 - 3 credits

Required courses (15 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
CSD 602 Acquired Disorders and Their Neuropathological Bases 2 hrs
CSD 611 Phonetics 2 hrs
CSD 619 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech 3 hrs
CSD 627 Developmental Disorders of Speech and Language 2 hrs
CSD 633 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Internship 2 hrs
CSD 634 Hearing and the Impact on Speech and Language 1 hr
CSD 686 Introduction to Clinical Methods 3 hrs

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