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Speech Language Pathology Services
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-language pathologists who work in the public schools must have a master’s degree, have passed a national certification examination, and have completed a year of clinical fellowship. Further, they must be licensed by the state of Texas. For more information, see the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Administrative Rules, https://www.license.state.tx.us/slpa/slparules.htm#11130
Speech-language pathology assistants who work in the public schools must have a bachelor’s degree, have completed 25 hours of observation, and must be licensed by the state of Texas. Their practice must be supervised by a licensed, certified Speech-language pathologist. For more information, see the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Administrative Rules, https://www.license.state.tx.us/slpa/slparules.htm#11150
SPEECH PATHOLOGY IN THE SCHOOLS: THE ROLE OF SLPs IN EDUCATION
Purpose: to provide in-service materials for use by district & campus-based Speech Pathologists in training district/campus personnel of SLP roles and responsibilities in order to support campus-based SST and IEP teams in making informed decisions for speech and language therapy services.
Description: SPEECH PATHOLOGY IN THE SCHOOLS training resources
Helpful Hints for Using the PowerPoint Show
Presenter Notes - color
Presenter Notes - grayscale
Resources for SLPs
Note-taking Guide (handout)
To address the shortage of master’s level speech-language pathology (SLPs) in Texas schools, a partnership was formed with Texas Education Service Centers, 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 utilizes videoconferencing, web-based instruction, and clinical experiences on school campuses, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and rehabilitation centers. Successful program completion prepares graduates to apply for Texas licensure in speech pathology and American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) certification. The master of science education program in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Woman’s University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) provides statewide coordination of the program and, along with other participating ESCs, assists students by providing classroom sites and classroom coordinators.
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 or charter school.
The SLP Distance Learning Venue is designed to allow students to work in the schools as licensed assistants while completing the requirements for the master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Each student must secure sponsorship from an educational entity (e.g., school district or charter school) and maintain it throughout the master’s program. Students must attend classes in a participating ESC.
The program also provides the opportunity to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology. Students interested in pursuing this certificate will take additional coursework and complete bilingual practicum hours while in the program.
Applications for Cycle 10 are now closed. Cycle 10 Master’s level coursework begins 2019 and runs through 2021.
If a Cycle 11 is authorized, information meetings will be held and applications accepted in 2020 with the program beginning in summer 2021. More information will be posted when available.
For more information: TWU Distance Venue information
For more information: TWU Bilingual Certificate Program
If you are an "out of field" interested candidate (your bachelor's degree is in a field other than speech-language pathology) please read about leveling courses here:
Pre-Master's Leveling Courses
ASHA School Setting Resource Page
ASHA Roles and Responsibilities of SLPs in the Schools Professional Issues Statement
ASHA Caseload/Workload Resources
Resources for School-Based SLPs
100 Best Websites for Speech-Language Pathologists
LD OnLine Speech & Language Milestone Chart
Speech Therapy Activities 1
Speech Therapy Activities 2
Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning
Speech for Kids
Stuttering Foundation of America
Caroline Bowen PhD: Speech-Language Pathology Home Page
The Apraxia-Kids Web Site
Legal and Ethics Resources for SLPs
Legal Framework-Region 18 ESC
Ethics Q&A for School-Based SLPs
ASHA Code of Ethics
TSHA Code of Ethics
Kasey Murillo, M.S., CCC/SLP
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