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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants


Update June 3, 2020:

In order to be in alignment with recommendations and mandates set forth by the CDC, the SLPA department will be implementing some changes to the application cycle and process.

The SLPA Department’s 2020-2021 application cycle will resume using an ONLINE format. Applicants may submit application materials beginning April 27, 2020 until 4pm on June 4, 2020. Please see “Application Process” on this website for instructions in applying to the program online.  Please contact SLPA Department Chair Susan McDonald with any questions at We appreciate your understanding and patience during this evolving situation.


Fall enrollment begins June 8, 2020. The SLPA program will be conducting all of its courses remotely with live, synchronous meetings for the Fall 2020 semester. Fieldwork for SLP 246 may be completed remotely or on-site, depending on the public health orders, site permissions, and Cerritos College policies that are in place. 

Given the fluctuating situation, there may be some errors or inconsistencies in the publicized schedules for the SLPA courses for Fall 2020. Below lists the courses offered by the SLPA program for Fall 2020 and their scheduled meeting dates and times (remotely):

Classes available to all Cerritos students:

SLP 101 Introduction to Communication Disorders:  M  6-8:50pm

SLP 105 Speech and Language Development in Children:  W  6-8:50pm 

Classes requiring admittance to the SLPA program (students not able to self-enroll):

SLP 108 Introduction to Phonetics:  M  5-9:50pm (lecture 5-7pm; lab 7-9:50pm) 

SLP 125 Child Disorders and Treatment:  T (lecture)  5-8:50pm + students choose 1 lab: W 6-8:50pm, or Th 6-8:50pm

SLP 230 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: M 6-7:30pm (lecture + lab) 

SLP 246 Clinical Experience II: 2nd 12 week semester (9/28-12/18/20) Th 4-5:30pm (lecture); lab hours to be assigned

Students who have questions about attending live class meetings should see the Canvas course or contact their instructor for more specific information. 


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. 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)
  • Associate of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (60 units which includes 42.5 units of degree-specific coursework)
  • Introductory coursework (SLP 101 and SLP 105) for students transferring to a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology 

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.

For more information, questions and/or concerns, please contact by E-mail or by phone:

Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP
Department Chair and Faculty, SLPA Program

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