Earn Speech Language & Hearing Sciences Academic Credit in California's Top Program

U.S. News and World Report ranked San Diego State University's Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) graduate program No. 1 in California and No. 24 in the nation. In another report, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Speech-Language Pathologist profession No. 8 best job in America for 2020. 

To meet the demand for this renowned program and the potential career opportunities, SDSU offers the online Speech-Language Pathology Essentials program.

Earn Speech Language & Hearing Sciences Academic Credit in California's Top Program

U.S. News and World Report ranked San Diego State University's Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) graduate program No. 1 in California and No. 29 in the nation. In another report, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Speech-Language Pathologist profession No. 10 best job for 2022.

To meet the demand for this renowned program and the potential career opportunities, SDSU offers the online Speech-Language Pathology Essentials program.

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About the Program

Approximately 10% of U.S. children and adults have speech and/or language impairments. As such, the demand for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is steadily growing. SLP experts are trained to help individuals across the lifespan communicate; from children with neurodevelopmental or speech disorders to aging seniors who have survived strokes, traumatic brain injuries, or dementia. The demand for qualified SLPs is increasing, with the number of SLP jobs projected to grow by 21% over the next 10 years.

$345/Unit

Estimated Cost

8 Weeks

Course Length

Online

Course Format

Program Details

  • Eight-week online courses
  • Led by lecturers from SDSU's SLHS department
  • Geared toward working professionals
  • SLP students have exclusive access to "How to Apply for an SLP Graduate Program" Webinar
  • Take only the courses you need, based on interest or graduate program prerequisites
  • Non-cohort

This credit program prepares students to apply to graduate programs in speech-language pathology. With eight-week online courses taught by experienced lecturers from SDSU’s renowned School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), our program can help you prepare for your graduate clinical studies as quickly as possible. All courses are 100% online and self-paced, making it easy to fit classes into your busy schedule.

The M.A. program in SLHS at SDSU is accredited through the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Is This Program Right for Me?

If you’re preparing to earn a master’s degree in SLP, our Speech-Language Pathology Essentials program will help you build solid foundational knowledge that you can use throughout your graduate program and your future SLP career.

The program is geared towards working SLP professionals who are preparing for a graduate program and still need a few more undergraduate credentials. These courses are designed to satisfy undergraduate prerequisites for SDSU’s Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology program, though the credits should transfer to graduate-level SLP programs at other schools as well.

Please take a look at the prerequisite checklist to see how these courses fit with the prerequisites for SDSU’s graduate program. Please note that taking these courses does not guarantee admission into SDSU's graduate-level SLP program, or any other clinical graduate program.

SDSU is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you’re unemployed or underemployed, you may be eligible to receive full or partial tuition assistance on this program. Equal Opportunity is the Law. Equal opportunity employer/program auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Click here to learn more.

What Can I Learn?

With our Speech-Language Pathology Essentials program, you’ll learn a variety of the fundamental topics you’ll need to succeed in a graduate-level program and throughout your career.

Course topics include:

  • Hearing science and audiology
  • Language science
  • Phonetics
  • Language acquisition and disorders
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Hearing and speech disorders

You’ll build a solid foundation in speech, language, and hearing sciences through online courses led by expert lecturers from SDSU’s School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Our instructors bring years of professional and academic experience to the virtual classroom, which means that you’re getting a practical education on the in-demand skills that employers are looking for.

Career Outcomes

Labor Analysis
Speech-Language Pathologists — Nationwide

Job Postings
159,800
Number of Jobs, 2021

Projected Growth
+21%
Projected job growth in the next 10 years

Salary Range
$79,060
Median salary range


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Why Should You Choose Us?

Reputation

U.S. News and World Report ranked San Diego State University's Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) SLP (M.A.) graduate program the No. 1 in California and No. 29 in the nation. As a student of our SLP Essentials program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of speech, language, and hearing sciences from expert lecturers at SDSU’s renowned SLHS School.

Flexibility

While some courses must be taken in sequence, the majority of the program is offered in a non-cohort model, which means that you can complete virtually any course you want in order to satisfy the requirements you need to earn your undergraduate credentials. And because the courses are self-paced and 100% online, you can earn those credentials on your schedule, without sacrificing your personal and professional commitments.

Networking Opportunities

We know that graduate school is a big commitment, both in time and in cost. Many SLP graduate programs have rigorous admissions requirements, which can include having a bachelor’s degree and a certain number of undergraduate credits. For SLP professionals who didn’t complete an undergraduate degree in the field of speech, language, and hearing sciences, you may find yourself just a few credits short.

Our Speech-Language Pathology Essentials program is designed to remove those barriers, making a graduate-level education accessible to all learners everywhere. At only $345 per unit, the online courses in our SLP program are accessible to nearly any student; all you need is a passion for communication and a desire to continue your education.

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The program is designed to help you satisfy the unique prerequisites of your graduate SLP program. This means that you can take as many courses as you like. Courses cost $345 per unit, and each 8-week course is 3-4 units.

Term Dates

Spring Block 1: 1/9 - 3/5/23 
Spring Block 2: 3/6- 4/30/23​
Summer Block 1: 5/1-6/25/23
Summer Block 2: 6/26-8/20/23

Click the course names below to read the course description. Click the Enroll button below or visit the How to Register tab once you’re ready to register.

Course List Units Course Dates Registration Period
SLHS 0300 Introduction to Language Science 3 Jan 9-Mar 5 Dec 5-Jan 9
SLHS 0305 Hearing Science 3 Jan 9-Mar 5 Dec 5-Jan 9
SLHS 0320 Phonetics 3 Jan 9-Mar 5 Dec 5-Jan 9
SLHS 0321 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech 4 Jan 9-Mar 5 Dec 5-Jan 9
SLHS 0340 Principles of Audiology
Prerequisite: Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 305
3 Mar 6-Apr 30 Dec 5-Mar 6
SLHS 0511 Aural Rehabilitation *beginning summer 2022
Prerequisite: SLHS 320 and SLHS 340
3 Jan 9-Mar 5 Dec 5-Jan 9
SLHS 0512 Phonological Acquisition and Disorders
Prerequisite: Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 320
3 Jan 9-Mar 5 Dec 5-Jan 9
SLHS 0513 Foundations of Speech-Language: Development
Prerequisite: SLHS 300, 320, and 321​
4 Mar 6-Apr 30 Dec 5-Mar 6
SLHS 0514 Foundations of Speech-Language: Differences and Disorders in Children
Prerequisite: SLHS 513
3    
SLHS 0539 Neuroanatomy and Disorders of Speech and Language
Prerequisite: SLHS 300, 305, and 321
3 Mar 6-Apr 30 Dec 5-Mar 6

Dates and fees subject to change.

If you’re preparing to apply for SDSU’s Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology program, we offer several completion tracks to help you earn the credits you need to apply. Click here to view our current completion tracks

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Registration Instructions

Starting in the spring 2023 semester, SDSU Global Campus is using a new registration process for open courses. Please follow the instructions below to successfully enroll in courses.

  1. Once you’ve chosen your courses, click the Enroll button below to begin the registration process. Please indicate on the form that you’d like to register for courses.

  2. Once you’ve filled out the Enrollment form, you’ll receive a confirmation email from SDSU Global Campus within 2-3 business days with the next steps to complete your enrollment.

  3. Once registration opens for your courses, you can register in the my.SDSU portal.

  4. Complete your full payment in my.SDSU after your registration has been submitted. You will need to submit your full payment within 48 hours from the date you registered for your course.  If you do not submit your payment within the specified time frame, you will be dropped from your classes.

Click here for more details on registration

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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.

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How do I register?

You can begin the registration process for the courses on our website by visiting either the Course tab or the How to Register tab on this page.

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How do I pay for courses?

Complete your full payment in my.SDSU after your registration has been submitted. You will need to submit your full payment within 48 hours from the date you registered for your course. 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.

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How do I stay informed about course offerings?

Sign up for our mailing list by filling out the contact form on this page. You can also check our website for the latest schedules.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (M.A., 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.

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Is financial aid available for the SLP Essentials program?

For information please refer to the financial aid page.

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How much do the courses cost?

The fee is $345/unit, and each course is 3 or 4 units.

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Is it possible for a student to take any or all of the classes in person?

No. The SLP Essentials program is online only.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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Want to Learn More?

Submit this web form and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions and explain the next steps in the process. Or, you can reach a program recruiter by emailing slp-online@sdsu.edu or by calling (619) 594-7700.

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Courses

2023 Spring2023 Summer2022 Fall2023 Winter
SLHS 0300 Introduction to Language Science

Structure, acquisition, processing, and neurological organization of language in typical and disordered communication.

Format: Online

 

Course Date(s)

SLHS 0305 Hearing Science

Concepts of hearing science. Hearing science components to include physical acoustics, anatomy and physiology of auditory system, and psychoacoustics.

Format: Online

Course Date(s)

SLHS 0320 Phonetics

Principles of speech production and practical skills in discriminating and transcribing sounds of various dialects in English and other languages, as well as clinical populations. Competency in IPA broad and narrow transcription, classification of speech sounds, and patterns of speech

Format: Online

Course Date(s)

SLHS 0321 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
Anatomy and physiology of respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory systems related to speech.

Format: Online

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SLHS 0340 Principles of Audiology
Diagnostic audiology procedures: Pure-tone testing, masking, speech recognition testing and immittance. Integration and interpretation of results from the basic audiological test battery.

Prerequisites:Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 305.

Format: Online

Prerequisite: Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 305.

Course Date(s)

SLHS 0511 Aural Rehabilitation

Theoretical, methodological, and technical issues related to facilitating receptive and expressive communication in individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Emphasizes multidisciplinary case management of children.

Prerequisites:SLHS 320, SLHS 340.

Format: Online

Course Date(s)


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SLHS 0512 Phonological Acquisition and Disorders

Phonology, phonological development, and phonological disorders as they relate to basic linguistic theory. Concepts considered through critical thinking and problem-solving.

Prerequisites:SLHS 320 with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Proof of completion of prerequisite required: C

Format: Online

Course Date(s)

SLHS 0513 Foundations of Speech-Language: Development
Speech-language development as related to theories of language acquisition, development, and clinical practice in children from birth to school-age.

Prerequisites:Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 300, 320 and 321.

Format: Online

Course Date(s)

SLHS 0514 Foundations of Speech-Language: Differences and Disorders in Children

Speech and language disorders and issues related to assessment of and intervention with children from culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Prerequisites: Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 513.

Format: Online

Prerequisite: Grade of C (2.0) or better in SLHS 513.

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Course Date(s)

SLHS 0539 Neuroanatomy and Disorders of Speech and Language
Structural and functional neuroanatomy and disorders of speech and language resulting from pathology of the nervous system.

Prerequisites: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 300, 305, and 321

Format: Online

Prerequisites: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 300, 305, and 321

Course Date(s)