Speech-Language Pathology

Women's College

Speech-Language Pathology (BA)

"Speech-language pathologists are professionals who evaluate, treat, and conduct research about human communication and its disorders. They work in schools, hospitals, businesses, in private practice, in universities, research laboratories, and government agencies, with infants and children, with adolescents and adults, and with older people."

-- the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2002. To find out more about speech-language pathology as a career, visit the ASHA website at www.asha.org.

The Columbia College Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program--housed in the Ariail-Peele Building as part of the Education Division--follows South Carolina Division of Education standards and has received NCATE accreditation. Columbia College is also recognized as a Teaching Fellows institution by the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement.

Therapist candidates in the SLP Program at Columbia College complete coursework related to the development of speech, language, and hearing skills. Professional coursework also focuses on the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders. Unlike most undergraduate SLP programs, Columbia College provides a variety of field experience opportunities for therapist candidates. Off-campus field experiences are completed in the public schools, clinics, and private practice offices.

Therapist candidates will earn sufficient client contact hours to be eligible for a SLP Assistant's License but all candidates should be aware that a Masters degree is necessary to be a Speech Language Pathologist. Click here to find out more about Credential Options for SLPs in South Carolina.

SLP candidates are responsible for keeping and filing documentation of observation and therapy hours completed in the SLP program with Columbia College. These are important documents candidates will want to have in hand for documentation of hours in graduate school, certification, and licensure. Although we make every effort to assist in tracking hours and filing copies of these forms in candidate files, if a candidate has not filed these in our office as requested, they will not be on file in the future.

If the SLP alumnae has filed the appropriate documentation while attending Columbia College and wishes to have a copy from Columbia College files, a handling fee of $10.00 is required to have these mailed. Please send a written request with your name, year of graduation, and where you completed your field experiences while at Columbia College. Please include a check for $10.00 made payable to Columbia College. A copy of your observation and/or therapy contact hour sheets will be sent or faxed to you as you indicate.

Credential Options for SLPs in SC

 

CredentialSC SLP Assistant LicenseASHA CCC-Certificate of Clinical CompetenceSC Professional License
Required for Employment In: Private Practice
Medical Settings
Long Term Care Facilities
Private Practice
Medical Settings
Long Term Care Facilities
Private Practice
Medical Settings
Long Term Care Facilities
Issued By: SC State Board of Examiners in SLP & AudiologyASHASC State Board of Examiners in SLP & Audiology
To obtain, the SLP must complete application & provide evidence of:

 

BA/BS Degree

Official academic transcripts

*100 Earned contact - clock hours

 

MA/MS Degree from ASHA accredited program

Passing scores on Praxis

Official academic transcripts

Completion of CFY year

 

MA/MS Degree from ASHA accredited Program

Passing scores on Praxis

Official academic transcript

Completion of SPE or CFY year

To renew, the SLP must complete application & provide evidence of:

 1.6 CEUs (16 hours)

Payment of renewal fee

Renewable annually

Payment of annual certification fee

Three CEUs (30 hours) will be required every 3 years

Renewable every 2 years

1.6 CEUs (16 hours)

Payment of renewal fee

For More Information

If you would like more information on or have questions about the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Columbia College, please contact

Dr. Mary Steppling
803-786-3751               
803-786-3034 (fx)
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