Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Fieldwork Experience, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 4 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
Online
The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Fieldwork Experience program is offered at the California State University Northridge. Licensed speech-language pathology assistants earn considerably more than registered speech-language pathology “aides,” which are the only paraprofessional positions available for those with associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in communication disorders and sciences/speech-language pathology who have not yet obtained.

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Licensed speech-language pathology assistants earn considerably more than registered speech-language pathology “aides,” which are the only paraprofessional positions available for those with associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in communication disorders and sciences/speech-language pathology who have not yet obtained – or do not wish to pursue – a master’s degree.

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Fieldwork Experience program is offered at the California State University Northridge. The CSUN SLPA advanced professional development certificate program is for those who wish to become licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs), regardless of whether they intend to pursue a master’s degree.

  • Offered in collaboration with CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development, the SLPA certificate program is a 130-hour course of study that provides approximately 20 hours of anytime/anywhere online instruction and 110 hours of clinical fieldwork.
  • SLPA clinical fieldwork consists primarily of face-to-face work with clients (100 hours) and also includes an administrative/support services component (10 hours).
  • Supervision of clinical fieldwork is provided by experienced speech-language pathologists with current California license/credential and preferably American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) memberships.
  • The entire program can be completed in one semester.
More than one-fourth of all speech-language pathologists in California are CSUN graduates.Practicum

The CSUN Certificate in SLPA Fieldwork Experience is comprised of two required courses:

  • A 20-hour fully online “leveling” course to reacquaint students with the practical field of speech-language pathology assistants in preparation for the fieldwork experience.
  • A 110-Hour Clinical Fieldwork Opportunity for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant student.

Students will complete no less than 100 hours of face-to-face clinical fieldwork plus no less than 10 hours of additional clinical support/administrative work included in the tasks necessary to effectively work as a licensed Speech Language-Pathology Assistant (SLPA), including clinical documentation, staffing time (i.e. attending IEP meetings, team conferences, staff meetings), lesson planning, and therapy preparation under the supervision of the licensed SLP supervisor.

  • Supervision will be provided by speech-language pathologists with a California and current American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) membership. Supervision by an individual who has obtained the licensure and the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) will ensure that the clinical field work experience completed by students will be recognized by SLPAB and ASHA.
  • In addition to the total of 110 hours of clinical fieldwork, online assignments will be completed by all SLP 902 Students with their CSUN instructor/s.
Benefits of the CSUN Certificate in SLPA Fieldwork Experience delivery format include:
  • Completion of certificate in 1 semester
  • Online coursework allows for ultimate flexibility

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 4 months
  • Credits
    13 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

The CSUN Certificate in SLPA Fieldwork Experience is comprised of two required courses. Study online (from home) for six weeks, then complete a fieldwork experience for an additional ten weeks.

  • Speech-Language Pathology Foundations for Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Fieldwork in Speech-Language Pathology

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

Qualified SLPA Fieldwork Experience certificate applicants must:
  • Possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Communication Disorders and Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology, or a Bachelor's degree PLUS successful completion of the 10 prerequisite courses as described in our FAQ page.
  • Locate and submit for approval the name of a California licensed and ASHA certified speech language pathologist who will serve as the student's supervisor.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4979 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4979 USD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
  • National Applies to you

    4979 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4979 USD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
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