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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.

Ana Deter

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

TSHA SLP Assistant Guide