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SLHS 4350: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Methods

What is an SLPA?

The role of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) is to support clinical services provided by speech-language pathologists (SLPsto, primarily, students in public schools.  No school district can employ an SLPA without assigning a certified speech-language pathologist as supervisor.  This course does not necessarily meet the requirements for SLPAs in other states. If you want to participate in the class while in another state you need to contact the professor ([email protected]) and include a name and contact information of a certified SLP working in a public school setting in your application.

In 2003, the Colorado Department of Education approved a Type 1 Authorization:  School Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.  To qualify for this authorization, individuals must:

  • A bachelor’s degree in speech communications, speech language/pathology, or communication disorder/speech sciences OR a bachelor’s degree (in any major) plus 24 semester hours in speech language hearing sciences from regionally accredited college/university.  The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate at MSU Denver provides the required coursework.  Please see the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences SLPA Certificate Advising Guide 2021-2022 for the required course work.


  • Complete an approved SLPA program/methods course that includes an internship with a minimum of 80 direct contact hours with a certified SLP.  MSU Denver’s speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) seminar and field-experience course (SLHS 4350) meets this requirement.  Please click the button below for a detailed SLP-A course methods overview.

Need help determining where your older SLHS (catalog year 2020-2021 and earlier) courses fit in with the new SLHS curriculum (catalog year 2021-2022 and later)? Click here for a helpful SLHS Course Conversion Chart!