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Speech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology

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 and language disorders can also result from a variety of other impairments, including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, hearing loss, autism, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries.
Speech Language Pathologists 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.
Speech Language Pathology Assistants 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.  
The Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools may provide many roles for students with speech and language impairments, including evaluation, IEP development, and intervention. They also may provide screening and prevention services, collaboration with other instructional personnel, and training and professional development. Speech Language Pathologists may serve students in a variety of ways, including individual, small group, classroom-based, or consultation.
Region 6 coordinates technical assistance and provides staff development for individuals who work with students who have speech-language disorders. Technical assistance includes information on best practices, eligibility, and current research that will enable licensed speech pathologists to remain current in their knowledge and skills.
Texas Women’s University, the Texas Education Agency, and participating Education Service Centers collaborate to offer a statewide program providing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology via distance learning.
Ana Deter

TWU's Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology DL Program


TSHA Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines


TSHA SLP Assistant Guide

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) is proud to share the first six modules of the new SLP-Assistant Guide. Two additional modules are currently in development. The purpose of the Guide is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competencies of SLP Assistants.
The Guide modules should be accessed by both SLP Assistants and be SLPs who provide supervision for SLP Assistants. In addition new as well as experienced SLPs may find the content of the Guide helpful to refresh and update their knowledge and skills.
Instructions for requesting continuing education credit is included at the end of each module. Continuing education credit is free for current TSHA member and is $20.00 for non-members.
For technical assistance contact: Ana Deter, 936-435-8247