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.
To address the shortage of master's level SLPs in Texas schools, a partnership was formed with state ESCs, TWU, TEA, and local educational entities to provide a master's degree program for both in-field and out-of-field students. The program, fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), utilizes videoconferencing, web-based instruction, and clinical experiences on school campuses, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers and special summer camps. Successful program completion prepares graduates to apply for Texas licensure in speech pathology and ASHA certification. Cycle 12 informational meetings will begin in February 2022; graduate program begins in 2023. Learn more at TWU Communication Sciences and our TWU SLP information page.
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