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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.

Speech Language Pathologists 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 State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_rules.shtm

Speech Language Pathology Assistants 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 State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_ppsuper.shtm.

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.

At the Region 14  Education Service Center, we provide training and technical assistance in the area of Speech Language Pathology. This may include support with program evaluation or student specific concerns.

For more information
Amber Davies, M.S., CCC/SLP
adavies@esc14.net
(325)675-8636
TSHA Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines
For detailed instructions on submitting for TSHA CEs.  Please see attached TSHA CE’s document. 


Speech Language Pathology Services 
Texas Womans University (TWU) TETN SLP Master's Degree Program
In an effort to address the on-going shortage of master’s level speech-language pathologists in the schools, a partnership was formed among the Education Service Centers of Texas, Texas Woman’s University, the Texas Education Agency and local educational entities to provide a master’s degree program for both in-field and out-of-field students.  This program, fully accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, utilizes a combination of videoconferencing and web based instruction as well as clinical experiences on school campuses, in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers and special summer camps. 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.


Please call 325-675-7016 or email Norma Bonner at njbonner@suddenlink.net  if you plan to attend so that we will have the appropriate number of information packets available. You are asked to bring a copy (unofficial) of your transcript to the meeting.

For more information, please contact
Norma Bonner, M.A., CCC/SLP
TETN/TWU Class Coordinator
Phone: 325-235-6920
Email: njbonner@suddenlink.net

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