Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, AS (SLPA-AS)

Location(s): Manchester

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program is designed to prepare graduates for careers working in elementary and secondary schools with children who have communication disorders. SLPAs work under the supervision of a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist. The SLPA program provides students with a specialized career path as a paraprofessional.

The array of courses and programs offered will help to ensure learner success in the program and will meet local and state workforce demands in a field where there is a great need for qualified staff at the assistant level.

The program is designed for individuals currently working as paraprofessionals who wish to become Speech- Language Pathology Assistants, people seeking a career change, and all students interested in a career as an SLPA. The SLPA is guided by the program philosophy and mission statement of the Disability Specialist program. Students will receive specific skill instruction to prepare them to become effective SLPAs coupled with a positive value base that will prepare them to assist individuals with disabilities toward the goals of community inclusion and participation and the attainment of their potential.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program degree requirements, graduates will

  • Describe the process of communication and the characteristics of effective communication.
  • Define the differences between communication disorders and communication differences.
  • Describe the stages of language and literacy development and distinguish among language delays, language disorders and culturally-based language differences.
  • Explain and differentiate among the characteristics, etiologies, and impact of phonology, voice, fluency and language disorders.
  • Explain the effect of hearing loss on the development of communication skills.
  • Describe the role of the speech language pathology assistant in supporting therapy plans for students in educational settings.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.