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Speech Language Pathology
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Speech Language Pathology

The Speech Language Pathology program provides support to speech language pathologists and assistants to improve outcomes for students identified with speech impairment (SI) and to meet the requirements of state and federal regulations.


  • Research-based professional development

  • Professional assistance via phone, email or in-district

  • In-district student observations and consultations

  • Continuing professional development hours appropriate for license renewal

  • Access to the TWU TETN SLP Master's Distance Learning Program

The TWU TETN SLP Master’s Distance Learning Program provides support to speech language pathology assistants and others who wish to obtain a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Woman’s University to enable them to work in Texas public schools. This program is provided through the collaboration of TEA, TWU, and participating ESCs and is certified by the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). Graduates will be prepared to apply for their Texas license in speech pathology and for certification by the American Speech and Hearing Association.


ESC Region 12 provides:

  • Access to mandatory information meetings for potential applicants
  • Access to live video-conferenced classes at ESC Region 12
  • On-site coordinator for evening classes
  • Consultative/professional assistance and support to students and supervisors
  • Facilitation of training for district supervisors of students enrolled in the program


NOTE: While applicants accepted into this program will be fully prepared to serve in any professional setting, this program is intended to help ameliorate the shortage of licensed, certified SLPs in Texas public schools and is open only to those committed to employment with a public school district.

    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree in CSD or other field or will have completed the degree by the start of a new cycle
    • Attendance at one mandatory information meeting at any participating ESC
    • Meet the admissions standards of both the TWU Graduate School and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Obtain and maintain sponsorships of a local school district and a participating ESC
    • Completion of leveling courses for those who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. These courses must be completed prior to the start of a new cycle. Leveling courses are offered online by TWU and may be available through other universities. ESC Region 12 is not involved in the application for or delivery of the leveling courses.
    • To learn more detailed information on both undergraduate leveling courses and the graduate program, visit TWU online.
    • The program is currently in its 8th cycle with graduation in summer of 2017.
    • A 9th cycle was approved last year and all mandatory information meetings have already been completed. Applications for the 9th cycle of the graduate program were accepted by TWU from August 15 through October 15, 2016; late applications are not accepted. Master's level coursework for this cycle begins in summer 2017.
    • Information regarding a possible 10th cycle will be released as soon as available. 
    • For complete details applicants should refer to their Information Meeting packets, the TWU website link above or your local ESC.

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