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Speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate

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    Speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate

    Prepare for graduate study in speech-language pathology in a flexible, online post-bachelor certificate program at UAA.

Explore the speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Designed for professionals who have already earned bachelor’s degrees, the post-baccalaureate certificate prepares you for application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology. It also enables you to obtain information that will facilitate communication with and service delivery for individuals with speech, language, cognitive or hearing impairment. All classes are offered online, and opportunities for clinical observation are available.

What you’ll learn in the speech-language pathology certificate program
This program teaches you about the anatomical and physical processes involved in normal communication development as well as identification and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. You’ll also learn about the impact of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds on speech and language development.

Speech-language pathology scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education costs by applying for a variety of scholarship and financial aid opportunities through the College of Health and other state and local organizations. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate

Degree Type:

  • Certificate (all levels)

Program Length: 1-2 years


Other program options: Speech-language pathology minor, M.S. in communication sciences and disorders (affiliated program with East Carolina University)

Did you know..

All courses in the speech-language pathology certificate program are offered online and in the evenings — making it easy for students to complete the program while working.

What can you do with a speech-language pathology certificate from UAA?

The post-baccalaureate certificate provides you with the foundational courses and experiences you need in order to apply to most graduate programs in speech-language pathology or communication sciences and disorders. A graduate degree is required in order to become a speech-language pathologist.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are specialists in communication and swallowing disorders and often work in schools, clinics and medical settings. Speech-language pathologists are in high demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating a job growth rate of 21 percent, much faster than the national average for all occupations.

Speech-language pathology graduate programs
UAA offers an affiliated M.S. in communication sciences and disorders program with East Carolina University (ECU), which the post-baccalaureate certificate fully prepares students to apply for. The M.S. program includes a wide range of training and clinical experiences that meet the requirements for certification in speech-language pathology from the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. It also meets all requirements for licensing in the state of Alaska. Students in the M.S. program complete online academic coursework offered through ECU, while clinical internships are completed through UAA in Alaska. Learn more about the M.S. in communication sciences and disorders program.

By the numbers..

The median annual wage for speech-language pathologists in 2019.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate program highlights

Complete the coursework you need to apply to graduate programs and ultimately pursue a career in speech-language pathology. The following are some of the top reasons to choose UAA for your post-baccalaureate certificate in speech-language pathology.

  • Prepare for your master’s degree in speech-language pathology. When you complete the post-bachelor certificate, you’ll be ready for graduate study and eventual careers in speech-language pathology. The certificate includes all of the course requirements to apply for UAA’s affiliated graduate program in communications sciences and disorders through East Carolina University (ECU).
  • Earn your post-bachelor certificate in a flexible and collaborative online program. UAA speech-language pathology courses are offered online using Blackboard learning management system and Blackboard Collaborate interactive web conferencing. All courses are offered in the evenings and include live video-based discussion with instructors and classmates. 
  • Learn from top faculty. UAA instructors are highly experienced speech-language pathologists who have worked in diverse clinical settings and bring extensive speech therapy knowledge and experience to the program.
  • Take part in valuable field experiences. The certificate program offers students the opportunity to begin completing the observation hours that are required for SLP graduate programs. Observation hours can be completed through simulation and telehealth therapy, allowing students to take part from their home community anywhere in the state of Alaska.

Amazing stories from speech-language pathology majors

After discovering the field of speech-language pathology, I researched several programs around the nation. UAA's program sold me in several respects. I had such a positive experience completing my bachelor's degree at UAA, so I was excited to continue my education here. I also knew I wanted to stay in Alaska and continue working while going to school, and the extended timeline of this program allowed me to do that. The program director was also incredibly helpful and kind. In my first advising appointment, we discussed the program and its requirements, and I walked out of her office with a new goal and a plan to achieve it.

Rebecca Coffin
SLP post-baccalaureate certificate alumna ‘16
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Each year, the UAA Summer Speech-Language Clinic offers a six-week graduate clinical training program that provides free speech-language services to Alaskans of all ages.

Gain first-hand clinical experience
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Students can join the Alaska cohort of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which provides opportunities to meet practicing SLPs across the state, participate in study groups with other students, and build their professional network.

Professional development
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Students in the certificate program come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have just finished their bachelor’s degree, while others are mid-way through their careers. Students come from across Alaska, including both rural and urban communities.

Student diversity

Speech-language pathology post-baccalaureate certificate program curriculum

The post-bachelor certificate in speech-language pathology covers topics such as anatomy, physiology and neural development of speech, language and hearing, speech and language development across the lifespan, phonetics, aural rehabilitation and audiology. The 24-credit program includes all of the prerequisites required to apply to the online master’s degree program in communication sciences and disorders that UAA offers in partnership with East Carolina University.

Top classes for speech-language pathology students

  • Build an in-depth understanding of how speech and hearing occur in the human body in Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
  • Explore the unique aspects of language development in infants and older adults in Language Development Across the Lifespan
  • Learn about the needs of individuals with a wide range of hearing loss and hearing difficulties in Aural Rehabilitation
  • Explore cutting-edge research about the brain and learn to translate new knowledge into therapeutic practice in Neurological Foundations of Speech and Hearing