Speech Language Pathology Services

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 Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Administrative Rules, https://www.license.state.tx.us/slpa/slparules.htm#11130

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 Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Administrative Rules, https://www.license.state.tx.us/slpa/slparules.htm#11150


Purpose:  to provide in-service materials for use by district & campus-based Speech Pathologists in training district/campus personnel of SLP roles and responsibilities in order to support campus-based SST and IEP teams in making informed decisions for speech and language therapy services.

Description: SPEECH PATHOLOGY IN THE SCHOOLS training resources

  • Can be used as a basic overview of SLP roles and responsibilities
  • Can be used to establish increased/consistent guidelines for referral and eligibility
  • Can be used for staff development to inform school personnel - how to consider possible concerns or referrals for speech-language therapy
  • Includes a downloadable set of presentation documents, participant documents and supplementary resource documents

Presenter Materials:

Presentation Show

Helpful Hints for Using the PowerPoint Show

Presenter Notes - color

Presenter Notes - grayscale

Resources for SLPs

SLP Glossary

Note-taking Guide (handout)

Speech-Language Pathology Master’s (SLP) Degree Program Statewide Distance Venue

To address the shortage of master’s level speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Texas schools, a partnership was formed with Texas education service centers, Texas Woman’s University (TWU), Texas Education Agency (TEA), and local educational entities to provide a master’s degree program for both in-field and out-of-field students.  The program utilizes videoconferencing, web-based instruction, and clinical experiences on school campuses, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and rehabilitation centers.  Successful program completion prepares graduates to apply for Texas licensure in speech pathology and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification. The master of science education program in speech-language pathology at Texas Woman’s University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  The Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) provides statewide coordination of the program and, along with other participating ESCs, assists students by providing classroom sites and classroom coordinators.

While applicants accepted into this program will be fully prepared to serve in any professional setting, this program is intended to help ameliorate the shortage of licensed, certified SLPs in Texas public schools and is open only to those committed to employment with a public school district or charter school.

The SLP Distance Learning Venue is designed to allow students to work in the schools as licensed speech-language pathology assistants while completing the requirements for the master’s degree. Each student must secure sponsorship from an educational entity (e.g., school district or charter school) and maintain it throughout the master’s program.  Students must attend classes in a participating ESC.

The program also provides the opportunity to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology.  Students interested in pursuing this certificate will take additional coursework and complete bilingual practicum hours while in the program.

For more information: TWU Distance Venue information

For more information: TWU Bilingual Certificate Program

If you are an "out of field" interested candidate (your bachelor's degree is in a field other than speech-language pathology) please read about leveling courses here:

Pre-Master's Leveling Courses



Cycle 11 of the SLP Master’s Degree Distance Program has been approved.  Cycle 11  runs from May 2021 through August 2023.  If a Cycle 12 is approved, informational meetings will be scheduled during Spring 2022.

Please check back for the latest updates in 2022!



Kasey Murillo

Kasey Murillo, M.S., CCC/SLP
Education Specialist

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Evelyn Gilson
Support Staff