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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in speech and hearing sciences and/or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in speech-language pathology, audiology, or auditory and language neuroscience. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, speech language pathologist, audiologist, speech scientist, and researcher. Students interested in becoming a Speech Language Pathology Assistant should refer to the Certificate of Completion (CCL) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech Pathology Assistant.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Speech and Hearing Science (DEG)
Total Credits Required
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Students intending to transfer to ASU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science will need a 2.8 GPA in the following courses: BIO160 or BIO201, MAT15+, MAT206 or PSY230, PHY101, PSY101, SLP214.

Department consent by Speech Language Pathology (SLP) program director at Estrella Mountain Community College is required for enrollment in SLP Courses.

What You'll Learn
  • Communicate in a culturally responsive manner, demonstrating empathetic and active listening skills. (SLP205, SLP214, COM110, COM263, EDU/ENH291, PSY101, PSY240, SOC101, SLP104, SLP210, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Communicate complex information clearly with a purpose appropriate to the context and audience in written and oral forms. (SLP205, SLP214, BIO160, BIO201++, COM110, COM263, EDU/ENH291, ENG213, MAT206, PHY101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY240, SOC101, SLP104, SLP210, (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA])
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn from and adapt to changing contexts. (SLP205, SLP214, COM110, COM263, EDU/ENH291, ENG213, MAT206, PHY101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY240, SOC101, SLP104, SLP210, (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA])
  • Evaluate research and its clinical applications to inform decision making. (SLP214, BIO160, BIO201++, COM110, COM263, EDU/ENH291, ENG213, MAT206, PHY101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY240, SOC101, SLP210, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Describe speech, language and hearing development and communication disorders using an understanding of biological and behavioral principles. (SLP205, SLP214, BIO160, BIO201++, COM110, COM263, ENG213, PSY101, PSY240, SOC101, SLP104, SLP210)
  • Identify the impact of individual, cultural, and linguistic differences on communication across the lifespan. (SLP205, SLP214, COM110, COM263, EDU/ENH291, ENG213, PSY101, PSY240, SOC101, (CRE), [FYC], [HU])
  • Explain professional and ethical standards as they apply to working with individuals with communication disorders. (SLP205, SLP214, BIO160, BIO201++, COM110, COM263, PHY101, PSY101, PSY240, SLP104, SLP210, (CRE), [FYC])
  • Apply critical thinking skills to issues in speech, language, and hearing across the lifespan. (SLP214, BIO160, BIO201++, COM110, COM263, EDU/ENH291, ENG213, MAT206, PHY101, PSY101, PSY230, PSY240, SOC101, (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [MA])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SLP205Introduction to Communication Disorders3
SLP214Speech Sound Disorders and Phonetics3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Bachelor of Science, Speech and Hearing Science
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication (3) OR
EDU/ENH291Children`s Literature (3) OR
ENG213Introduction to the Study of Language (3) OR
PSY240Developmental Psychology (3) OR
SLP104Speech, Language, and Hearing Development (3) OR
SLP210Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-44
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on for course designations.
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area. (3-5)3-6
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
COM110Interpersonal Communication3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) OR
BIO201XTHuman Anatomy and Physiology I (4)4
PHY101Introduction to Physics4
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on for course designations.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-3
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on for course designations.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM110 in Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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