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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Speech Language Pathology

The post-baccalaureate certificate in speech-language pathology prepares individuals who already have baccalaureate degrees for application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology. A master's degree would prepare them to work with clients across the lifespan.

  • Admission Requirements

    Those students who already have a baccalaureate degree may obtain a speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate by completing the following requirements:

    1. Complete the admission requirements for UAA post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

    2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 must have been attained in the previously-earned baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree.

    3. Complete the UAA undergraduate application for admission by one of the following dates: July 15 for fall semester admission, November 15 for spring semester admission.

    Applicants will select Speech Language Pathology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate as their major on the application.

    For financial aid purposes, applicants must adhere to the deadlines established for the UAA undergraduate application for admission. 

  • Academic Requirements

    Graduation Requirements

     Major Requirements*

    Code

    Title

    Credits

    EDSL A301

    Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

    3

    EDSL A302

    Phonetics

    3

    EDSL A303

    Language Development Across the Lifespan

    3

    EDSL A401

    Phonology and Articulation Development and Disorders

    3

    EDSL A402

    Audiology

    3

    EDSL A403

    Aural Rehabilitation

    3

    EDSL A410

    Speech Science

    3

    EDSL A411

    Neurological Foundations of Speech and Hearing

    3

    Total

    24

    *All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. A total of 24 credits is required for the certificate.

    Please note: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) academic requirements for their certification include one each in statistics, biological sciences, physics or chemistry, and two in social/behavioral sciences.

    Regarding SLPA certification: This certificate may not provide all of the coursework needed to meet ASHA's current requirements for SLP Assistant (SLPA) certification. Please visit ASHA's SLPA Eligibility Pathways page for more information on how to meet national SLPA certification  requirements. Please also consult the State of Alaska website for current Alaska SLPA state licensure requirements.

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    Students graduating with a post-baccalaureate certificate in speech-language pathology will be able to:

    1. Identify anatomical structures and physiological processes that support the communication and swallowing processes.
    2. Describe the role of the systems of respiration, phonation, and articulation/resonance in the production of a spoken word.
    3. Identify milestones in normal speech and language development.
    4. Identify common disorders that affect the ability to communicate.
    5. Discuss the impact of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds on speech and language development and determination of speech or language difference vs. disorder.

For more information about our post-baccalaureate certificate, please review the UAA Catalog.