About This Program

Total Number of Credits

The entire certificate program is 18 credits (or six classes at 3 credits each). Students can complete the program in one calendar year by taking two classes per semester.


Application Deadline/Program Start Date

Application Deadline
Dec. 21, 2022

Program Start Date
Jan. 18, 2023

Debbie Burnett, PhD
Chair of Department of Health Sciences / Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
(413) 748-3633

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Speech-Language Pathology Certificate

The Springfield College Speech-Language Pathology certificate is a flexible, 18-credit online undergraduate-level certificate. This may be for you if you are:

  • Interested in pursuing a career as a speech-language pathology assistant,
  • Applying to graduate school for speech-language pathology, 
  • A professional in a related area such as health care or education, or 
  • A professional who wants to gain expertise in working with individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs.

Apply now to the certificate program.

To apply to this online certificate, you must have a high school diploma. You can be a student in an associate degree program, a bachelor’s degree program, or have already completed your bachelor’s degree. People with backgrounds in the following areas will find this certificate beneficial:

  • Elementary and special education, 
  • Occupational therapy, 
  • Public health, 
  • Health science,
  • Physical therapy, 
  • Art therapy, 
  • Music therapy,
  • Social work, 
  • Psychology, and
  • Rehabilitation counseling.

The Academics 

Students enrolled in the certificate in speech-language pathology engage in a rigorous science-based curriculum to learn the biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and sociocultural bases for speech, language, and swallowing across the lifespan. See the curriculum for this certificate.

View the certificate curriculum.


Speech-language pathology has a projected 25-percent job growth over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which means that speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology assistants are in demand.

Students in related fields will see the benefits of resume building courses that provide an employment advantage or increased salary by earning additional post-secondary credit hours. Post-baccalaureate, this certificate offers graduates an opportunity for career change. 

Speech-language pathology is No. 3 in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 “Best Healthcare Jobs.”

Delivery Format(s)

This  flexible certificate program is online asynchronous. This means that within an individual course, while there will be deadlines for assignments, you will be able to open up your “class” at the time of day that works for you and your busy schedule. There are several optional synchronous meetings if you prefer to occasionally meet with the instructor and classmates. 

Speech-Language Pathology Virtual Information Session

December 14, 6:30 p.m.


Program fee: $9,270 (or $515/credit)

Admissions Requirements


Springfield College students and non-Springfield College students are eligible to enroll in the certificate program. There are no prerequisites required to complete the application form and no application fees.

Start your application process by completing the online form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials. 

Core Course (18 credits)

CMDS 101 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3 credits)

CMDS 259 Clinical Phonetics (3 credits)

CMDS 353 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech/Hearing Mechanisms (3 credits)

CMDS 368 Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 credits)

CMDS 456 Language Acquisition and Development (3 credits)

CMDS 483 Language Disorders in Children (3 credits)

Selectives (each course is 3 credits)

A student could add any of these to the certificate but would not be required to do so to complete the certificate.

CMDS 457 Clinical Procedures for Communication Disorders

CMDS 486 Clinical Practicum

CMDS 363 Speech and Hearing Science

CMDS 355 Introduction to Audiology

CMDS 462 Aural Rehabilitation