About This Program

Total number of credits: 18

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

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The Speech-Language Pathology Certificate program is for students who are working toward or have obtained an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field and wish to become speech-language pathology assistants or complete prerequisite coursework to apply to graduate school to obtain a master’s degree to practice as a speech-language pathologist. Speech-language pathology has a projected 25% job growth over the next ten years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics which means that SLPs and SLPAs are in demand. Speech-language pathology is #4 in the US News and World Report’s 2021 Best Health Care Jobs.

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 application form (to come). 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