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SLHS 4550: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Methods

Course Overview

The course is composed of a 3-credit online seminar and a 4-credit public school SLP-A internship.  The 4-credit field experience requires 180 hours of internship work under the direction of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who has been working in the field for at least three years.   

During 80 hours of direct contact with children, SLPA interns learn and practice duties of an SLPA (e.g. screening, collecting data in the classroom relative to IEP objectives & providing intervention).  The SLPA student’s supervisor must directly observe 50% of these hours.   

For a minimum of 100 hours, SLPA students perform other SLPA duties (e.g. preparing materials, entering data in charts, discussing student progress or data with the supervisor, attending meetings, planning intervention lessons) that need not be directly observed by their SLP supervisor.   

Students work at their internship site for 12-14 hours per week for 16 weeks on a mutually agreed upon weekly schedule – typically two full school days per week.   

The course instructor will connect with each supervisor prior to the internship to provide materials on the SLPA scope of practice and our curriculum.  The instructor will be available to consult with the supervisor throughout the experience.  Supervisors complete an evaluation of their interns at midterm and at the end of the internship.   

Students must apply for and receive permission to enroll in this course from the SLHS department chair and/or appointed representative(s).  Space in the SLPA course is limited and positions are awarded through an application process.  It is the policy of the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences department to provide equal educational opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, non-disqualifying handicap or veteran status. 

Students must have earned a grade of C or better in all SLHS pre-requisite coursework (Please see Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences SLPA Certificate Advising Guide 2020-2021), with a minimum 2.5 GPA.  To be considered for admission, non-MSU Denver students must have completed all pre-requisite coursework prior to application deadline.  For current MSU Denver students who have courses in progress by application deadline, a grade-to-date will be requested of instructors and factored into GPA calculations. 

Interested students are encouraged to begin the application process early.  Applications for fall cohorts must be received by the first Friday of April.  Applications for spring cohorts must be received by the first Friday of October.

Applications are completed through Qualtrics.  Only complete applications submitted by deadline will be considered.  To visit the application click here.

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