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Speech Language Pathology


Speech-Language Pathologists in 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.

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 for individuals who work with students who have speech-language disorders.

Technical assistance may include:

  • Current information about best practices and innovative programs
  • Evaluation
  • Current research
  • Service-delivery models
  • Certification and licensure
  • Rules and regulations

Region 6 ESC provides quality staff development that facilitates service delivery to students who have communication disorders. Our goal is to provide quality training that will enable licensed speech pathologists to remain current in their knowledge and skills as well as obtain the continuing education hours required for annual licensure renewal. Our staff development activities may be found in the Region 6 Special Education Staff Development On-Line Catalog, additional information may be made available through special flyers, brochures, and the SLP listserv.

Jan Oatess

Speech-Language Pathology Master's Degree Program - Statewide Distance Venue


The Region 6 distance learning venue is designed to allow students to work in the schools as a licensed assistant while completing the requirements for the master's degree in speech language pathology. This learning venue is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Education Agency and provides training opportunities for candidates who wish to practice speech-language pathology in the schools of Texas. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to apply for Texas licensure in speech pathology and for ASHA certification. Candidates who do not wish to work in Texas schools are not eligible for admission to this program.


Below is a link to the Region 10 SLP Master’s Degree Distance Venue webpage with links to TWU that provides much information and many details.


SLP Master's Degree Distance Venue


Additional Information

TWU Distance Education SLP Degree Program

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Additional questions may be directed to Pam Bumpass,


TSHA Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines

History: In 2000, a Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) Task Force developed eligibility guidelines for speech impairment in the four areas recognized in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – ArticulationLanguageVoice and Fluency. Guidelines for Language with Other Disabilities and a Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Companion to the Articulation Eligibility Guidelines has also been completed. Training on the guidelines were only available through the regional Education Service Centers in Texas and at the annual TSHA Convention. Currently, on-line training is now available.

Eligibility Guideline trainings are available as recorded webcasts online, along with the manuals and training handouts.

View the TSHA PDF Documents to obtain instructions on getting TSHA CE's.


Training Link

Manual and Handouts

Generic Eligibility Manual

SI Eligibility in Texas PPT Presentation

Eligibility Guidelines for Speech Impairment

Frequently Asked Questions

Articulation *NEW

SI Disability Determination Guidelines for Articulation Disorders

Articulation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

SI Eligibility Guidelines for CLD Articulation Comparison Presentation

Implementation Guidelines for Speech Impairment with Articulation Disorders: Cultural & Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Companion

Frequently Asked Questions

Fluency *NEW

SI Disability Determination Guidelines for Fluency Disorders

Voice *NEW

SI Disability Determination Guidelines for Voice Disorders


Language Eligibility PPT Presentation 

SI Language Eligibility Guidelines Manual

FAQ's Language Eligibility

Language and Learning Disabilities

SI Eligibility Guidelines for Language with Learning Disabilities PPT Presentation

Language Eligibility Manual: Companion I: Language with Learning Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions

Language and Autism and Intellectual Disability

SI Eligibility Guidelines for Language with Autism & Language with Intellectual Disability PPT Presentation

SI and Autism FAQs

SI with Intellectual Disability FAQs

Language Eligibility Manual: Companion II: Intellectual Disability/Multiple Disabilities

Language Eligibility Manual: Companion III: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Online Training

All of the Disability Determination Guideline trainings will be available for free as recorded webcasts online, along with the manuals and training handouts. Two hours of TSHA approved CEU credit per module is available, or training can be taken to refresh or update knowledge.

SLPs can request 2 hours of TSHA continuing education credit for each of these trainings. The cost for TSHA CEU credit is FREE for current TSHA members and $20 for non-members.

How to Apply for CE Credit:

Please follow the instructions for How to Apply for CE credit on TSHA's website.

TSHA members receive CE credit and certificate at no cost. Non-Members will need to pay $20 before the CE certificate will be sent.

Checks are payable to TSHA and should be mailed to:
Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Credit card payments can be made online at the time course completion is entered.

For detailed instructions on submitting for TSHA CEUs, please check out TSHA's CE Registry page: Instructions are provided for non-members as well as members.

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.