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Certificate in Speech and Hearing Foundations

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Gain a Strong Foundation for Your Speech-Language Pathology Career

100% online coursework

Expert faculty

8-week courses

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per Credit $625
  • Credit Hours 24

Program Benefits

  • Three start dates per year
  • Up to three transfer credits accepted
  • Faith-based approach to learning

Prepare for Future Success With a Valuable Credential

Calvin’s Certificate in Speech and Hearing Foundations provides the introductory knowledge and academic preparation you need for continued study and a future career in speech pathology and audiology.

To apply to graduate programs in speech pathology, students from other academic backgrounds must complete prerequisite coursework. We designed a foundational certificate program to meet this need, preparing you for the master’s-level study required to practice in the field.

Our 100% online curriculum introduces the principles of speech, language, and hearing in a flexible format. You will study topics like anatomy and physiology, aural rehabilitation, phonetics, and child language development. After finishing the program, you will be prepared to pursue advanced study in a program like Calvin’s online Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology.

Calvin University requires that students earn a 3.0 overall GPA for the six courses to earn the Certificate in Speech and Hearing Foundations.

Foundational Coursework for Future Success

100% online

24 credits

6 total courses

The curriculum in the online Certificate in Speech and Hearing Foundations focuses on understanding and articulating the relationship between receptive and expressive communication. You’ll study how humans learn a language, learn how to transcribe speech sounds, and discover the impact of hearing on speech, language, and reading development.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Hearing, and Language Mechanisms
  • Phonetics
  • Speech Science
  • Child Language Development
  • Essentials of Audiology and Hearing Science
  • Aural Rehabilitation
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Apply to Your Program

No GRE scores required

No minimum GPA for admission

We’ve designed our application process to be quick and easy so that you can get on track to meeting your educational goals sooner. If you have questions or need guidance along the way, our expert enrollment team is here to help.

Here’s what you need to apply:

Completed online application (Select “Graduate Application” to begin)
Completed or in-progress bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
Official transcripts sent to Calvin University.
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$625 per credit hour

$13,125 total estimated tuition

We understand that paying for your degree can be an investment. Our staff is here to help you navigate the process. You can estimate the total cost by using our tuition calculator tool.

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Gain Relevant Knowledge for Your Next Step

  • Prepare for inclusive practice by analyzing the dialects of both English and non-English speakers.
  • Take courses taught by faculty who are published in peer-reviewed journals and who present research at industry conferences.
  • Learn to guide patients in challenging situations with faith and compassion.
  • Develop critical thinking, problem-solving, inclusive analysis, and communication skills.

Financial Aid

At Calvin University, we’re committed to making your education affordable. Find out more about your financial aid options, including U.S. military benefits and employer tuition reimbursement. 

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Online Learning That Fits Into Your Life

The program engages all areas of life. At Calvin, we believe that learning comes from doing, and we maintain our commitment to practical, hands-on application and experience for online students.

Embrace the flexibility of an online program coupled with individualized instruction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 1-855-474-8346.

The first step is to start your application. Select “Graduate Application” to begin.

No, prior work experience is not required for admission.

Calvin offers classes starting at three times during the year. See the academic calendar at Your application to the certificate program must be completed at least one week prior to starting your first course. Contact us at 616-200-4403 if you have questions about which courses are being offered and their start dates. varies. Start your application today.

There are no clinical hours required.

Calvin University requires that students earn a 3.0 overall GPA for the six courses to earn the Certificate in Speech and Hearing Foundations. You can start your application now.

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