SLPA Certificate Program
Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders
Clinical Research Services
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-6018
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SLPA certificate Program?
The SLPA Certificate Program prepares students to provide speech and language therapy services under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist in a variety of work settings. Graduates of the SLPA certificate program will be eligible for licensure in the State of Texas as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). The program is designed for individuals who have already achieved a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.
How is the SLPA Certificate Program different from the Post-Bachelor's Program?
The SLPA Certificate Program is designed to prepare you to work as a speech-language pathology assistant in the state of Texas. 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. On the other hand, the Post-Bachelor’s Program is designed to prepare you for a graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Consequently, the Post-Bachelor’s Program is not designed to prepare you to work as a speech-language pathology assistant in the state of Texas.
I need to work full time. How can I do the SLPA certificate program?
With some job flexibility, you may work while enrolled in the SLPA certificate program. Classes will be held twice a week in the late afternoon/evening and regular class attendance is mandatory. Clinical observation and clinical training will most likely occur during the day in the fourth and fifth semesters of the program so working may not be an option at that point in the program.
Will it shorten my program if I start in the spring semester or take a couple of online courses which are considered to be equivalent?
No. Classes are very tightly sequenced. All the courses you take in the fall semester are pre-requisites for the spring semester courses.
Will I get another Bachelor’s degree when I complete the SLPA Certificate Program?
No. The SLPA certificate program is designed to fulfill the requirements for state licensure. The program also follows the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association recommendations. It is a certificate program, not a degree program.
Is financial aid available for SLPA Certificate Program students?
No. Because this is a non-degree seeking certificate program financial aid through the university is not available. See the financial aid section of this website.
What is the approximate cost of the SLPA Certificate Program?
See Tuition and Fees at the University of Houston.
What application form do I use to apply to the SLPA certificate program?
You must use the forms designed for applying to the SLPA certificate program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (ComD) before you apply to the University.
Do I apply to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to attend the SLPA certificate program?
Yes. You must be accepted into the SLPA 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.
What are the requirements for acceptance into the SLPA certificate program?
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 is required to be considered for admission. There is also a limited number of students that are admitted to the program each year. You must also meet the general admission requirements of the University of Houston. Your progress will be carefully monitored.
What materials need 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.
b. PERSONAL STATEMENT: A personal statement that describes your interests, relevant activities and any other pertinent information. Please keep to 1-2 pages long.
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.
What is the deadline for application to the SLPA certificate program?
Applications for Fall 2013 will be accepted starting October 1, 2012. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION TO THE FALL 2013 CLASS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 18, 2013. Application packets must be received by March 18, 2013.
Where is the Sugar Land campus?
14000 University Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479
What if I want to apply to a graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist after getting the SLPA certificate?
In order to apply to the University of Houston graduate program you must complete all of the undergraduate prerequisites as stated in the graduate Admissions section of the website. Most of the courses that are specific to the SLPA certificate program will not substitute for these requirements. You should consult with a graduate academic advisor prior to applying to the graduate program to determine what prerequisites you are missing. Other graduate programs may differ in their requirements and you will need to investigate those programs independently.
Can I obtain an SLPA certificate as a UH undergraduate student?
No. This is a post bachelor’s program. You must have already earned your bachelor’s degree in order to apply to the SLPA Certificate Program.
Other 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.