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TWU Speech Language Pathology Master's Degree Program

Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Services

To address the shortage of master's level SLPs in Texas schools, a partnership was formed with Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs), Texas Woman's University (TWU), Texas Education Agency (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.
  • This program is solely designed for students who commit to working in the schools of Texas following TWU graduation.  Candidates who do not wish to work in Texas schools are not eligible for admission to this program. 
  • Individuals who do not have a bachelor’s degree in the speech or communication field are required to take “leveling” course work, either through TWU or through an ASHA-approved university. 
  • TWU offers a Bilingual certification in addition to the SLP master’s degree.  The purpose is to better serve children receiving speech therapy services in a language other than English.

Cycle 11 

  • An 11th Cycle of the distance venue of the TWU MS program in Speech-Language Pathology has been authorized.
  • The 27-month program begins May 2021, with applications being accepted between August 15 and October 15, 2020.
  • Interested applicants must attend one of the live program information webinars before applying.  Program requirements and the admissions process will be provided in the webinars.
  • Prospective students can register for the Information Meeting webinars directly from the links listed in the email below.  You are registering with Region 10 ESC, not ESC 18.  Attendance will be monitored.


Program Requirements - You complete a total of 61 semester credit hours over seven semesters broken down into:

  • 41 credit hours of required coursework
  • Two credit hours of electives
  • 18 credit hours of clinic (practicum) over six of the seven total semesters
  • Other requirements:
    • If you are an out-of-field student, you may be required to take an additional clinic semester;
    • You must secure and maintain sponsorship from an approved Texas educational entity throughout the program;
    • Before degree completion and graduation, you must pass a comprehensive exam;
    • After graduation, you will be eligible to be licensed and certified to work in any setting. However, as a distance student, you must commit to working as an SLP in the schools for a period of time after graduation.
A full list of courses, degree requirements, and additional program requirements are available in the course catalog.


Leveling Courses:

  • Leveling program applications are accepted each year between Aug. 15 and Oct. 1 for classes beginning the following spring semester.
  • Completing leveling course work does not guarantee admission into the master’s degree program.
  • The pre-master’s SLP leveling program contains seven three-credit hour courses (total of 21 credit hours).
  • Universities that offer leveling courses online can be found at   


Cycle 10 

The Cycle 10 graduate program began in May 2019 and runs through 2021.  


Additional Information 

Additional questions may be directed to Anne Whitley: or (432) 567-3207.