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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,

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,


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)


The TWU Speech Pathology Master's Program-Distance Option is a learning venue supported in part by a grant from the Texas Education Agency and was created to help ameliorate the shortage of speech-language pathologists in the schools. Classes are held in education service centers and via live webinars watchable on your home computer. Clinical experiences are provided through sponsoring school districts and medical facilities across the State of Texas.  

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is currently taking applications for Cycle 10 of the TWU/TETN SLP Master’s Program. The application window is from August 15, 2018 to October 1, 2018. Cycle 10 begins in 2019 and runs through 2021. You must have attended an information session at the local Education Service Center (ESC) or via webinar in 2018 in order to be considered for the program.


For more information about the program, click this link:

Pre-Master's Leveling Courses TWU Website:

Kasey Murillo

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

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Evelyn Gilson
Support Staff

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