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Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Speech and Language Pathology Studies Certificate

Charter Oak State College, in conjunction with the professional staff of Connecticut's Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), has developed this online certificate to train adults as Speech and Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA’s) in Connecticut. Students who already have an associate degree can participate in this certificate program on a stand-alone basis or can apply the credits toward a bachelor's degree. Coursework is designed to assist students in mastering the skills required to address the language, communication, social/emotional and creative needs of young children. Students are required to complete field experience hours in each course and to complete a final 120- hour practicum experience. Students enrolling in the program are expected to find their own sites for field experiences and practicum placements.  Practicum locations must be approved prior to the start of the practicum experience.

This Certificate is 21 credits. All of the courses for this Certificate must be taken at Charter Oak and all of them must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. A grade of less than a C cannot be used toward this prorgam and students will be required to retake the course. 

Certification/Licensure Information

Connecticut does not require SLPA’s to be certified.  Students completing the program are eligible to apply for licensure through ASHA. However, the program does not lead to certification.  Please refer to the Charter Oak State College website for information on how to access the ASHA Guide for SLPA requirements.

Certificate Requirements

COM 102: Introduction to Language and Communication Development

3 cr

COM 103: Speech & Language Services in the School Setting

3 cr

COM 206: Speech Disorders & Interventions

3 cr

COM 306: Language Disorders and Interventions

3 cr

COM 307: Language & Literacy Development and Interventions

3 cr

COM 308: Language & Communication Development in Autism

3 cr

COM 399: Speech and Language Pathology Practicum

3 cr


21 cr

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Speech and Language Pathology Studies Certificate will be able to:

  1. explain an understanding of normal speech, language, and communication development;
  2. describe an understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders;
  3. use/explain evidence-based intervention techniques to evoke and sustain communication behaviors;
  4. explain an awareness of vital behavior and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of treatment;
  5. explain the SLPA's role on a multidisciplinary team within a comprehensive service delivery system and the importance of that role; and
  6. utilize best practices with regard to establishing and sustaining a culturally linguistically responsive environment; and demonstrate proficiency in all technical skills of a speech-language pathology assistant.


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