Why Elms for your Speech-Language Pathology Assistant degree?

  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to immediately begin working as an SLPA upon graduation.
  • Learn from experienced faculty with clinical backgrounds as speech language pathologists and audiologists.
  • Double major in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) to broaden your understanding of how to treat conditions that impair communication.
  • Complete an intensive clinical practicum at a local school in collaboration with a certified SLP.

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

The speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) major program will prepare you academically and clinically to enter the workforce upon graduation. Elms graduates have a 100 percent success rate finding positions as speech-language pathology assistants in school settings, helping children with communication disorders to improve their speech and language skills.

The SLPA major follows ASHA guidelines and consists of a sequential study of normal development and functioning of speech, language, and hearing, and introductory courses concerned with communication disorders along with a more in-depth study of intervention principles and techniques. The program culminates in a clinical fieldwork experience allowing you to work in an education environment under the direction of a speech-language pathologist.

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100% job placement

  • Faculty are experienced teachers with clinical backgrounds as speech language pathologists and audiologists.
  • SLPA majors complete service learning projects in the local community.
  • Gain experience treating speech and language disorders through an in-depth clinical practicum in a local school.


Click to view course requirements for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (B.A.).

Minimum at Elms College: 30 credits/Minimum GPA: 3.0

Core Communication Sciences and Disorders Requirements

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
ASD 3001Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
CSD 1001Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders3
CSD 2000Professional Communication in CSD3
CSD 2002Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism I3
CSD 2003Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II3
CSD 2004Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 3005Speech and Language Acquisition3
CSD 3007Observational Methods and Techniques4
CSD 4003Speech and Language Disorders: Pediatric Population3
CSD 4004Speech and Language Disorders: Adult Population3
CSD 4005Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 4100Seminar in CSD3

Clinical Practica (8 credits)

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
CSD 4008Clinical Practicum in Schools I3
CSD 4008LClinical Practicum in Schools I Lab1
CSD 4105Clinical Practicum in Schools II3
CSD 4105LClinical Practicum in Schools II Lab1

Additional Course Requirements (21 credits)

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
HIS 1005 (formerly HIS 105) Early American History or HIS 1006 (formerly HIS 106) Modern American History3
HUM 1001Rhetoric3
MAT 1008 (formerly MAT 108) College Math, MAT 1009 (formerly MAT 109) Elementary Statistics, MAT 1200 formerly (MAT 120) Pre-Calculus, or MAT 1301 (MAT 131) Differential Calculus3
PHI 2402 (formerly PHI 242) Everyday Ethics or PHI 2408 (formerly PHI 248) Health Care Ethics3
PSY 1001General Psychology3
REL 2104 (formerly REL 214) World Religions: Eastern Traditions, REL 2105 (formerly REL 215) World Religions: Western Traditions, or REL 3002 (REL 302) Spirituality World Religions3