Speech-language pathologists in the public schools serve students with speech and/or language impairments. A speech or language impairment is defined as “a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance” (C.F.R. §300.8.).
Speech-language pathologists who work in the public schools must have a master’s degree, have passed a national certification examination, and have completed a year of clinical fellowship. Further, they must be licensed by the state of Texas. For more information, see the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_rules.shtm.
Speech-language pathology assistants who work in the public schools must have a bachelor’s degree, have completed 25 hours of observation, and must be licensed by the state of Texas. Their practice must be supervised by a licensed, certified Speech-language pathologist. For more information, see the State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_ppsuper.shtm.
The Region 17 Education Service Center provides training and technical assistance in the area of speech and language pathology. Please contact us if you need further information or assistance.