The SLPA Certificate Program will not be accepting new applicants after July 20, 2020. The program will continue for all students currently enrolled, including those who were admitted into the program for Fall 2020.
Curriculum for Students Currently Enrolled
The SLPA Certificate Program prepares students to provide speech and language therapy services under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist in a variety of work settings. Graduates of the SLPA certificate program will be eligible for licensure in the State of Texas as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). The program is designed for individuals who have already achieved a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.
The requirements for completion of the SLPA Certificate include 24 credit hours of coursework and 8 credit hours of clinical training for a total of 32 credit hours. Students will acquire a minimum of 25 observation hours and 95 hours of clinical training under the direct, 100% supervision of a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist.
Please click here for more information about the curriculum and course information of the SLPA Certificate Program.
Resources for SLPA Programs and Positions
With a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders, you may be able to work in Texas as a SLPA by completing clinical training with an employer. The details about becoming licensed as a SLPA in Texas are found on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) website.
If you don't have a degree in communication disorders, you can take leveling classes. We have a post-bachelor's program here at UH https://uh.edu/class/comd/programs/post-baccalaureate-leveling-program/general-info/ or you can search for other universities with programs (some are completely online) at: https://www.asha.org/students/ (check under "find CSD programs"). Leveling programs should provide the coursework necessary for either an SLPA license or the pre-requisites for graduate school if you choose that route.
Other SLPA programs can be found here: https://www.asha.org/assistants/SLPA-Technical-Training-Programs/
More information about SLPA practice can be found on the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association website: https://www.txsha.org/page/assistant-resources and the ASHA website: https://www.asha.org/associates/SLPA-FAQs/
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Dr. Peggy Blake, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences & Disorders
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