SLP Essentials FAQs

Do I need to apply to the SLP Essentials program?
There is no application process for the program. Anyone can register for the courses, as long as they are not current degree-seeking students at SDSU. Note that some courses serve as prerequisites for other courses in the program, and therefore must be taken in sequence.

How do I register?
You can begin the registration process for the courses online at ces.sdsu.edu/slp.

Starting fall 2022, SDSU Global Campus will be switching to a post-pay model, meaning you may enroll in classes without a payment required. You will need to submit your full payment through my.SDSU within 48 hours from the date of enrollment. You will receive an email notification and login information once you have registered. If you do not submit your payment within the specified time frame, you will be dropped from your classes.

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Is it necessary to begin the SLP Essentials program in the fall?
No. You can begin the coursework in the fall, spring, or summer. Note that some courses serve as prerequisites for other courses in the program, and therefore must be taken in sequence.

How do I stay informed about course offerings?
Sign up for our mailing list! The online form is at ces.sdsu.edu/slp.

What if I took a prerequisite course outside of SDSU Global Campus?
If you completed a prerequisite course with another institution, please email your unofficial transcripts as an attachment to Alyson Abel, the Graduate Advisor for SDSU's School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at amills@sdsu.edu for a prerequisite evaluation. If approved, she will reply by email with a course waiver approval. Once received, please forward the waiver approval email to the Registration Office at enrollment.global@sdsu.edu. The Registration Office will then send you an email with the next steps and instructions on how to register for your course.

Does the SLP Essentials program allow me to work as a speech-language pathologist?
No. The program is intended for those who wish to enter into a graduate program in speech-language pathology but do not already have the undergraduate prerequisites. The program satisfies those undergraduate prerequisites for SDSU’s master’s program in speech-language pathology. Please refer to the prerequisite checklist to see how these courses fit with the prerequisites for SDSU’s graduate program.

How do I know if these courses satisfy the eligibility requirements for graduate programs in speech-language pathology?
The program satisfies undergraduate prerequisites for SDSU’s master’s program in speech-language pathology and many others. Please refer to the prerequisite checklist to see how these courses fit with the prerequisites for SDSU’s graduate program. You will need to contact other graduate programs directly to determine what their prerequisites are.

Is financial aid available for the SLP Essentials program?
For information please refer to the financial aid page.

How much do the courses cost?
The fee is $345/unit, and each course is 3 or 4 units.

Is it possible for a student to take any or all of the classes in person?
No. The SLP Essentials program is online only.

I noticed that some courses have prerequisites. May I take a course and its prerequisite concurrently?
No. Courses that have prerequisites build on content and skills from the prerequisite courses. You must complete prerequisites first.

Do the classes have set meeting times when I must log on, or may I work on my own schedule?
There are no set meeting times for the courses. They are completely online and you can view the course materials (lectures and other videos) on your own schedule, though you must adhere to weekly deadlines.

How much time should I plan on spending on coursework?
SLP Essential students enrolled in an 8-week term should expect to spend 11-17 hours a week per course.

I have questions about SDSU’s graduate program in speech-language pathology. Who should I contact?
Please contact the graduate adviser for information regarding that program at slp-admissions@sdsu.edu.

Who should I contact if I have more questions about the SLP Essentials program?
Please contact the SLP Essentials coordinator at slp-online@sdsu.edu.

Are SLP Essentials courses ASHA accredited?
No undergraduate or prerequisite leveling program, such as the SLP Essentials, in the United States is accredited by ASHA because only graduate (MA, AuD) programs are eligible for ASHA accreditation. The SLP Essentials courses can be used to satisfy prerequisites for accredited graduate programs in speech-language pathology, but we recommend you reach out to programs you are interested in to confirm which prerequisites are needed for that specific program. The graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology at SDSU are accredited by ASHA.

SLP Essentials Completion Tracks

Suggested tracks for SLP Essentials pre-requisite course completion are listed below. Schedule subject to change.

One-Year Completion Track

Start Fall (Option 1)

Fall:
Session 1

Fall:
Session 2

Spring:
Session 1

Spring:
Session 2

Summer:
Session 1

Summer:
Session 2

SLHS 300

SLHS 320

SLHS 321

SLHS 513

SLHS 514

 

SLHS 305

SLHS 340

SLHS 512

 

SLHS 511

SLHS 539

 

Start Spring (Option 2)

Spring:
Session 1

Spring:
Session 2

Summer:
Session 1

Summer:
Session 2

Fall:
Session 1

Fall:
Session 2

SLHS 300

SLHS 320

SLHS 321

SLHS 512

SLHS 513

SLHS 514

SLHS 305

SLHS 340

SLHS 511

SLHS 539

 

 

 

One-at-a-time Completion Track Options

Start Fall (Option 1)
Option
One

Fall:
Session 1

Fall:
Session 2

Spring:
Session 1

Spring:
Session 2

Summer:
Session 1

Summer:
Session 2

Year 1

SLHS 300

SLHS 320

SLHS 321

SLHS 513

SLHS 514

 

Year 2

SLHS 305

SLHS 340

SLHS 512

SLHS 539

SLHS 511

 

 

Start Spring (Option 2)
Option
Two

Spring:
Session 1

Spring:
Session 2

Summer:
Session 1

Summer:
Session 2

Fall:
Session 1

Fall:
Session 2

Year 1

SLHS 300

SLHS 320

SLHS 305

SLHS 340

SLHS 321

 

Year 2

SLHS 511, SLHS 512

SLHS 513

SLHS 514

SLHS 539

 

 

 

Start Summer (Option 3)
Option
Three

Summer:
Session 1

Summer:
Session 2

Fall:
Session 1

Fall:
Session 2

Spring:
Session 1

Spring:
Session 2

Year 1

SLHS 305

SLHS 340

SLHS 321

SLHS 320

SLHS 300

SLHS 539

Year 2

SLHS 511

SLHS 512

SLHS 513

SLHS 514

SLHS 511