Admission to the SLPA Certificate Program

You must be accepted into the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate Program through the University of Houston, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (ComD) before you apply to the University. If you are not accepted into the Department, you will be un-enrolled from ComD courses. Be sure to provide current contact information on your material and include all previous names. Applications for Fall 2015 will be accepted starting October 1, 2014.  THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION TO THE FALL 2015 CLASS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 27, 2015. Application packets must be received in the department by March 27, 2015.


A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required to be considered for admission.


Materials to be submitted with the initial application to the SLPA certificate program:
a. TRANSCRIPTS:  One official transcript from each institution attended (INCLUDING UH, if you took undergraduate courses at UH). These must be received in a sealed envelope with a stamped seal across the envelope flap. The transcript (or transcripts) must be included with the application.


b. PERSONAL STATEMENT: A personal statement that describes your interest in becoming an SLPA, your past experience, relevant activities and any other pertinent information. Please limit to 1-2 double spaced pages. Be sure to provide current contact information on your materials and include all previous names.


c.ATTENDANCE at SLPA CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION: Information sessions will be held on either the UH main campus or the Sugar Land campus. The Information Sessions will be held either in Room 139 (classroom) of the Clinical Research Services Building (CRS) at the UH Main Campus, or at the UH Sugar Land campus. The UH Main campus address is 4505 Cullen Blvd., Entrance 8. The Sugar Land campus address is 14000 University Blvd, Sugar Land. Click here for session dates and locations.

d. FEE: A $50.00 non-refundable processing fee made out to UH COMD.

e. APPLICATION PACKET: Please click here for more information on applying to the SLPA certificate program.

Mail materials to:

SLPA Certificate Program Admissions
100 Clinical Research Services
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6018

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Important Facts

The SLPA certificate program curriculum is not a degree granting program.  You will earn a certificate at the conclusion of the program.  You will not obtain a second Bachelor's degree. You will not be eligible to apply to a graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (ComD) because the courses in the SLPA certificate program are specifically geared toward working as an SLPA, and you will be missing some of the prerequisite courses for the UH graduate program in ComD. 


The UH SLPA certificate program curriculum consists of five semesters, and should be taken in sequence.
Listed below are critical aspects of the SLPA certificate program that you need to be aware of:

1. You must begin in the Fall semester. 

2. All of the courses are offered during the late afternoon or evening. Clinical observation and training will be offered during the day.  If you work during the day, you will need to adjust you work schedule to accommodate the observation and training (4th and 5th semesters of the program) requirements.

3. The SLPA certificate program does not lead to the attainment of the Texas State Teaching Certificate (additional coursework is required).  It does lead to the attainment of the state license for a speech-language pathology assistant.  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/default.shtm   Licensure is the law.  You may not work as a speech-language pathology assistant without a license in the state of Texas.

For more information on the SLPA Certificate Program curriculum, please click here.

For frequently asked questions about the SLPA Certificate Program, please click here.

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