Speech Language Pathology Assistant

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):


Hourly Wage:

$20.36-$38.55 (Mean $27.94)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data for special education teachers

One-page Description (PDF):

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Professional Activities

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) work with children and adults with communication disorders under the supervision of a certified/licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). They assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. This may include implementing speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists, documenting performance, assisting with some screening and assessment procedures, preparing materials, maintaining equipment, and assisting with scheduling.

Speech Pathology Assistants may work in both the public and private sector. SLPAs may work in infant learning programs, schools, hospitals, and clinics.

Educational Requirements

  • Graduation from high school or a GED.
  • Graduation from an approved associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of 100 hours of field work supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist.
  • State Licensing is required in Alaska.

Academic Programs

The Prince William Sound Community College offers a two year distance delivered A.A.S. Degree in Disability Services, which includes an emphasis area in Speech-Language Support. For more information contact:
Prince William Sound Community College
PO Box 97
303 Lowe St.
Valdez, AK 99686
Phone: (907) 834-1600
Toll Free: (800) 478-8800
Website: http://www.pwscc.edu/academics/academic-programs/disability-services-aas/speech-language-support-emphasis-aas/


State Contact:

The Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association
P.O. Box 111993
Anchorage, AK 99511
Email: aksha907@gmail.com
Website: http://aksha.org/

National Contact:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
Toll free: (800) 638-8255
Fax: (301) 296-8580
Email: http://www.asha.org/Forms/Contact-ASHA/
Website: http://www.asha.org/

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