Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

The SLPA Department is holding an information session on October 5, 2023 at 6-7:30PM on Zoom.

Learn more about the curriculum, what it takes to be a successful SLPA, and how to begin your education as a SLPA!

Register to attend this orientation to the field of SLP Assisting and the SLPA curriculum.  


The SLPA program provides the following options for students who are embarking on a career in communicative disorders:

Speech-Language Pathology Aide Certificate (19 units)

  • A Speech-Language Pathology Aide assists in the operations of a speech-language department through clerical tasks, therapy materials preparation, and maintenance of equipment. They interact with clients under direct supervision by a state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and do not conduct therapy sessions independently. This is an entry level position that typically offers minimum wage for compensation. Speech-Language Pathology Aides are hired in school districts, clinics, and medical settings. This position is monitored by the state licensing board and requires a qualified SLP supervisor.  
  • Required courses:
    • ASL 110 (4 units) American Sign Language I
    • CD 110 (3 units) Child Development
    • CD139 (3 units) Observation, Assessment, and Positive Guidance of Child Behavior
    • CDSE 150 (3 units) Introduction to Children with Special Needs
    • SLP 101 (3 units) Introduction to Communication Disorders
    • SLP 105 (3 units) Speech and Language Development in Children

Associate of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (60 units which includes 42.5 units of degree-specific coursework)

  • A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) is a skilled technical worker who performs speech and language therapy, and related clinical tasks, under the direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Successful completion of the degree requirements leads to eligibility for state licensure as a SLPA from the California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ Board. Licensed SLPAs have the opportunity to apply for work in settings such as: in-home health; public, non-public, and charter schools; and, medical settings such as rehabilitation centers and private clinics. Compensation typically ranges from $20-30/hour, depending on the employer.
  • See the SLPA Curriculum and Sequence page for more information regarding required coursework for the Associate of Science degree.

The Cerritos College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program is an accredited program by the California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers (SLPAHAD) Licensing Board.