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The Speech-Language Pathology Program



The TWU SLP Distance Learning master's degree program is designed to allow students to work in schools as licensed SLP assistants while completing the requirements for the master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Classes will be held online and at Region 4 ESC starting in 2021.

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. 

Attendance at one of the Informational Meetings below is a mandatory part of the application process.



Monday, May 11, 4:30-7:00 pm CST

Wednesday, May 27, 4:30-7:00 pm CST

Wednesday, June 10, 3:30-6:00 pm CST

Thursday, July 16, 3:30-6:00 pm CST

Wednesday, September 9. 4:30-7:00 pm CST



The Speech-Language Pathology services at Region 4 Education Service Center address the developmental and educational needs of children and adults with communication disorders. Services provided include:

  • Face-to-face and online professional development opportunities in all areas of speech-language development;
  • Continuing Education Units for maintenance of state licensure and ASHA certification in Speech-Language Pathology;
  • Technical assistance and customized trainings;
  • Graduate degree program in Speech-Language Pathology through participation in the TETN/Texas Woman’s University Distance Education Master’s Program.

Professional Development
To view our current professional development offerings for Speech Pathologists, click here to conduct a search via our Region 4 website.


Continuing Education
Region 4 Education Service Center is an approved provider of continuing education for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Technical Assistance/Customized Trainings
Technical assistance and customized trainings are designed based on individual needs of a district, private practice, or clinical setting.

TETN/Texas Women's University (TWU) Speech-Language Pathology Master's Degree Program via Distance Learning
The TETN/TWU learning venue is designed to allow students to work in the schools as a licensed assistant while completing the requirements for the master's degree. This learning venue is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Education Agency and provides training opportunities for candidates who wish to practice speech-language pathology in the schools of Texas. 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. Application to the program requires a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or completion of all leveling courses in Speech-Language Pathology.

TSHA Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines
Speech Language Pathology Services
TSHA Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines

In 2000, a TSHA Task Force was created to develop eligibility guidelines for speech impairment in the four areas recognized in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – articulation, language, voice, and fluency.  Since that time, guidelines for Language with Other Disabilities and a Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Companion to the Articulation Eligibility Guidelines has been completed.  Training on the guidelines has previously only been available through the regional Education Service Centers in Texas and at TSHA Convention.

On-Line Training
Starting in Fall 2010, all of the Eligibility Guideline trainings will be available for free as recorded webcasts on-line, along with the manuals and training handouts. Two hours of TSHA approved CEU credit per module is available, or training can be taken to refresh or update knowledge. SLPs can request 2 hours of TSHA continuing education credit for each of these trainings. The cost for TSHA CEU credit is FREE for current TSHA members and $20 for non-members.

To access the Region 10 Eligiblility Guideline On-Line Training modules, go directly to

How to Request CE Credit:
Following each session, complete the Online Course Completion Notification Form located on the TSHA website at

TSHA members receive CE credit and certificate at no cost. Non-Members will need to pay $20 before the CE certificate will be sent.
Checks are payable to TSHA and should be mailed to:
918 Congress Ave., Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78701
Credit card payments can be made online at the time course completion is entered.

For detailed instructions on submitting for TSHA CEUs, please go to the link  TSHA Online Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines



Eligibility Guideline Links

Eligibility Guideline

Training Link

Manual and Handouts

Generic Eligibility Manual Link to this recording is currently unavailable

SI Eligibility in Texas PPT Presentation

Eligibility Guidelines for Speech Impairment

Frequently Asked Questions



SI Eligibility Guidelines for Articulation PPT Presentation

Implementation Guidelines for Speech Impairment with an Articulation Disorder

Point-to-Point Comparison

In Service Trainings-Articulation PPT Presentation

Frequently Asked Questions


Articulation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

CLD Eligibility Guidelines PPT Presentation





Fluency Case Studies

Case Study Key

Guidelines for Speech Disorder with Fluency


Fluency Eligibility Handout

Fluency FAQs



Voice Eligibility Online FAQ

Voice Evaluation protocol 2106

Voice Progress Report

TSHA Voice Eligibility PowerPoint Handout

Completed Voice Manual 2011



Language Eligibility Manual

TSHA Language Eligibility Webinar ppt Handout

Language Eligibility FAQs


Language and Learning Disabilities

FAQs for Language and LD

SI Eligibility Guidelines

Language with LD ppt presentation

Language Companion Manual


Language - Autism and Intellectual Disabilities



LangCompanionIII Autism1

Language CompanionII ID 1

Language AU/ID PPT Handout





Click for New SI Course Numbers for Online Course Completion

TSHA SLP-Assistant Guide

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) partnered with Education Service Center SLP Coordinators, the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, and Region 13 Education Service Center and is proud to share the first six modules of the new SLP-Assistant Guide. This collaborative effort was supported and partially funded by grants from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Two additional modules are currently in development. The purpose of the Guide is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competencies of SLP-Assistants. The Guide modules should be accessed by both SLP-Assistants and by SLPs who provide supervision for SLP-Assistants. In addition, new as well as experienced SLPs may find the content of the Guide helpful to refresh and update their knowledge and skills.

Module 1 - Roles and Responsibilities for SLP Assistants
Module 2 - Roles and Responsibilities for SLP Supervisors
Module 3 - Clinical Considerations
Module 4 - Therapy Planning
Module 5 - Treating Speech Sound Disorders
Module 6 - Language Intervention


Modules are free to TSHA members, $20 per module for non-members. Instructions for requesting continuing education credit are included at the end of each module.

To access the modules go to



Region 4 is an authorized provider of TSHA and ASHA CEUs



Helpful Resources

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA)

Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN)

Association for Communication Disorders (HACD) 


Gayla Jordan Lutz, MA, CCC-SLP

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