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Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS)

A major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) provides a sound background for students pursuing careers in education, health care, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates with the SLHS major will have the prerequisite coursework to pursue a graduate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, which opens careers in schools, community clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.  This major is also designed for students planning to work in the schools as a speech-language pathology assistant.

Additionally, the SLHS program offers a concentration in Childhood Communication—designed for early childhood educators and others interested in focusing on language in children from birth to 18 years—and two certificates.  The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate prepares students to become Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) and the Leveling Certificate allows students with a bachelor’s degree in another field to show they have completed some prerequisite coursework to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology.

Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all prerequisite courses to progress to courses requiring that course as a prerequisite.  Courses with grades lower than “C-” must be repeated in order for students to progress to the next level.

A minor is required for students majoring in SLHS.  Options include but are not limited to: biology, gerontology, linguistics, psychology, Spanish, special education, or speech communication.   


Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Major

SLHS major 2015-2016 

SLHS concentration 2015-2016

Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Minor

SLHS Minor Guide

See the Course Catalog for details about each course.


Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate

The SLPA certificate prepares students to obtain the Colorado Department of Education authorization for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.  The certificate courses consist of 19 credit hours of SLHS courses, including SLHS 4550 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Methods.  This 7 credit hour course consists of 180 hours of internship and observation under the direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Students must apply for admission to SLHS 4550 following the guidelines in the SLPA course application.

SLPA certificate

SLPA Course Application Fall 2015

SLHS Certificate Info


Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Leveling Certificate

Metro State welcomes students possessing a bachelor's degree who seek a career change to speech-language pathology or audiology.  A master's degree is required to become certified in speech-language pathology and a doctorate is required for audiology.  Successful completion of the 8 SLHS courses in the leveling certificate will better prepare students for further education and increase their probability of gaining admission into a master's or doctoral program.  SLHS leveling students may submit their course request forms along with the signed Financial Responsibility Form to Jacque Kirby, jkirby6@msudenver.edu, starting at 12:01 AM on the first day of registration. 

SLHS Certificate Info

SLHS Leveling Registration