Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) work directly with students with communication challenges in public school settings under the supervision of a fully qualified and nationally certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). SLPAs have a significant role in enhancing the quality of services for children and adolescents that need support for speech, communication, reading, and writing. Candidates develop the knowledge and skills to work under the supervision of a certified SLP in the public school setting with ages 0-21. This certificate is appropriate for individuals with a BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), completing a BA in SLHS (enrolled in their last semester of senior year at CU), or those who have completed or are completing equivalent leveling coursework (24 hours) through an approved SLHS department if their BA is in another field. See coursework required as listed under Apply. Questions about the SLPA certificate program should be directed to SLPA@colorado.edu.
This certificate program provides the opportunity to meet the requirements for SLPA authorization in the state of Colorado, through the Colorado Department of Education to work in Colorado public schools.
The Colorado Department of Education currently has an “authorization” credential for SLPAs who meet qualifications to work in Colorado public schools under the supervision of qualified MA-CCC speech-language pathologists. Please search for SLPA authorization.
The program at CU Boulder was developed to address shortages of qualified personnel to extend services to special education students, especially in high needs districts and rural areas in Colorado. This was accomplished through collaboration with our consortium partners at UNC and MSUD. The program is competitive and requires complete applications in electronic format. Preference for in-state students and especially qualified students in rural areas is given. A specific number of seats are reserved for Colorado students who qualify and are sponsored by BOCES to participate in the program.
At this time, this program may not meet the educational requirements for SPLA certification or licensure in states other than Colorado. Students residing outside of Colorado are encouraged to consult the speech-language pathology and audiology board in their state prior to applying or enrolling in the program. Out-of-state students are considered only if they can arrange a local internship in a public school setting with an MA CCC- SLP.