Program Overview

The University of Vermont offers an online continuing education program for those interested in becoming a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) to care for inpiduals between the ages 0-21.  Students will be trained under the direct supervision of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who is certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  Requirements to enroll in this program include a transcript that shows the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

The course work includes 21 credit hours (seven courses) broken into 15 academic credits and 6 of clinical practice.  Before clinical coursework starts 25 hours of observation by an ASHA certified SLP must be completed.  Furthermore, 100 hours of clinical practice under the supervision of a certified SLP are accrued along with practicum coursework.  Throughout the program a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.  Placement on academic trial results if a 2.5 GPA is not kept and if the GPA does not rise to the expected level clinical work is not allowed.  Dismissal from the program may result at that point.

The curriculum focuses on the development of communication disorders and how to create strategies to help children with these differences.  Collaboration with the supervising SLP and other team members in culturally perse settings is also one of the main goals of the program.  Likewise, a portfolio must be compiled throughout the course of the program to demonstrate your understanding of the value Speech Language Pathology Assistants in schools.

A student must complete six prerequisite courses and an elective course focusing on one specific area of interest.  Courses are available at different times during spring, summer and fall terms.  It takes 17 months to complete the program and courses must be taken in the sequence they are offered.  A request to transfer 3 credit hours of comparable coursework is available and the Program Coordinator will determine if the class meets the requirements.

The benefit of completing the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program is that it improves employment opportunities in school settings.  Furthermore, courses taken can be applied to University of Vermont undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech Language Pathology through the Department of Communication and Sciences and Disorders.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Students must have a bachelors degree.

    School Overview

    The University of Vermont is a public, land-grant research university located in Burlington, Vermont. UVM offers students the ability to pursue degrees at the bachelor, master’s and doctoral level. Founded in 1791, UVM is recognized as one of the original eight public Ivies. Ira Allen, recognized as the university's founder, provided much of the funding and planning in UVM’s beginning years. In 1865, the University of Vermont joined with Vermont Agricultural College. The University of Vermont took several socially progressive steps throughout the years. UVM was the first U.S. institution of higher learning with a charter to entirely disaffiliate from any religious denomination. In 1871, UVM accepted two women to the university and in 1875 allowed women to become full members of the prestigious academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, UVM again defied convention by accepting an African American student into the society. 

    UVM offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates, from the following schools and colleges:

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    • The Honors College
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    Every year, thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with UVM’s various colleges and schools, UV offer courses and programs that can lead to a career change, professional development, or preparation for a degree.


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