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Online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (TED)

Online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (TED)!

If your busy life is keeping you from getting the degree you always wanted, Mitchell Tech has the answer!  Enroll in our new ONLINE Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (TED) program!

One in six Americans has a speech, hearing or language disorder. These disorders affect infants, children, adults and the elderly. A communication disorder may affect a person’s ability to pronounce sound intelligibly, to understand what is being said, to process and remember spoken information, to use appropriate vocabulary and grammar, to speak fluently without stuttering, or to use his or her voice appropriately. Accidents, illnesses, birth defects and substance abuse can all contribute to communication disorders. These disorders isolate people from their friends, family and the community and limit job and educational opportunities. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants help these individuals to recover their ability to speak, understand and interact with others.

The online version of this program is offered for either a two-year or three-year plan, depending upon the student’s needs.

What do Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) do?
SLPAs work under the direct supervision of licensed or certified speech-language pathologists to provide clerical support, administer speech, language and hearing screenings, assist in communication assessments, provide articulation and language therapy services, and assist with documentation of speech-language pathology services in educational settings.
Educational requirements for SLPAs vary across states.  A two-year Associate degree in SLPA typically fulfills the educational requirements for SLPA training.
Why are SLPAs needed?
Nationwide there is a reported shortage of fully credentialed speech-language pathologists. SLPAs can work under the supervision of SLPs to meet the needs of students with communication disorders in educational settings, thereby increasing the overall effectiveness of the speech-language pathologist.

No tuition difference between online and traditional classroom delivery—no hidden fees!

Computer and Internet access required. Your computer will have to meet our specifications to assure your operating system and software are current and compatible.

Admission Requirement: All students applying to the ONLINE Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program must submit to a criminal background check at the student’s expense. Details are available from the Admissions office. Please click on the blue button below to begin the process.
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Students are required to have good reading, writing, hearing and communication (verbal, written and articulation) skills in order to competently perform the job of a speech-language pathology assistant and to gain successful employment.  Students must possess the motor skills necessary to manage clients and manipulate therapy materials in home and school environments.  Applicants must have minimum scores on the English and Reading portions of the ACT or ACCUPLACER.
Additional requirements may have to be met before entrance to fieldwork sites.  Contact the instructor for details.

Program Graduation Requirement: It is the goal of this program to prepare competent entry-level speech-language pathology assistants. To achieve that goal, students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all technical courses as a prerequisite to SLPA 240 Clinical Fieldwork. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in their clinical fieldwork in order to graduate.

What is TED?
Technical Education at a Distance, or TED, is a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) training program that combines the convenience of distance education with the value of face-to-face, hands-on training in the skills needed to become a competent SLPA.
This hybrid education model allows SLPA students to complete coursework online and to develop hands-on, technical skills through direct instruction from regional speech-language pathologists.  Because it is a distance-education training program, students are able to complete all program requirements without moving to the MTI campus.
How does TED work?

  • Students take SLPA courses through an asynchronous online learning system which allows them to access course content and complete coursework at the time of day and location that is most convenient for them.  Courses are offered in sequence in a cohort model, allowing students to interact with and learn from each other.
  • Local mentors assist students with online learning technology, provide study assistance, offer personal support, and serve as a liaison between student and online instructor throughout the program.
  • Regional adjunct SLPA instructors train students and validate competencies in hands-on, technical skills required for employment as an SLPA.   
  • 2- and 3-year options for completing coursework and clinical fieldwork are available.
  • Classes start in fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Use of laptop computers, iPad technology, and software are provided to the student while enrolled at MTI.
What does TED mean for employers?
  • A solution to the problem of unfilled positions for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in education settings.
  • An opportunity for employers to support SLPs with properly trained support personnel, allowing SLPs to better manage current caseloads and extend services to previously unserved or underserved populations in the school district.
  • Relief for current SLPs from the burden of excessively large caseloads, decreasing the probability of staff “burn-out” from high clinical and clerical demands.
  • Opportunity to “grow your own” SLPAs by encouraging current or potential employees to enter the program and by offering support in the form of tuition reimbursement, time at work to complete coursework, and fieldwork placement.
  • Opportunity to train and employ individuals who already live in or near your service area and understand the unique characteristics and needs of the individuals you serve, increasing the likelihood of longer staff retention, better client (student and parent) satisfaction, and improved student performance.

This program is funded in part through a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, Grant #TC-23771-12-60-A-46.

Contact Admissions
For information about any of our online programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact:

Tricia Oswald
Online Enrollment Specialist
605-995-7232  |  800-684-1969
fax: 605-995-3067

MTI Admissions Office
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
[email protected]

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