Distance Education SLP Degree & Admission Details

Schools-focused Track: We are excited to announce that we will offer a 12th cycle of the distance venue of the TWU MS program in Speech-Language Pathology, schools-focused cohort. This program is designed for students who commit to working in the schools of Texas following graduation. The 27-month program will begin in May 2023, with applications being accepted between August 15 and January 7, 2023. Because of the unique nature of this program, interested applicants must attend one of the program information meetings before applying. (Note: these information meetings are different from the general program open houses. Only applicants who attend one of the meetings below will be considered for the Cycle 12 schools-focused track.)

Healthcare-focused Track: The next healthcare-focused track will begin in summer 2024 with applications being accepted beginning August 15, 2023. Because of the unique nature of this program, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the SLP program open houses.

Frequently Asked Questions - Schools-focused Track

Is this an online program?

This is a distance education program but is not completely “online.” Students must take courses one night per week at their local education service center, and practicum hours are not online. Other courses are taken live via Zoom; students are expected to attend all classes.

Can I apply to this program if I do not live in Texas?

This program is partially funded by the Texas Education Agency in order to ameliorate the shortage of SLPs in the public schools of Texas. Since this program requires sponsorship from a Texas education entity, out-of-state students are not eligible for this program.

Am I required to find my own sponsor?

Yes. TWU may be able to provide you with some potential sponsors in your area, but you are required to secure your own sponsor for the duration of the program.

How long do I have to commit to work in the schools?

The expectation is that students will work for the schools for at least three years following graduation from the program.

My degree is not in communication sciences. Do leveling classes need to be completed before applying to the program?

Leveling classes do not need to be completed before applying to the program, but they must be completed, with transcripts submitted, before the program begins.

I earned my communication sciences degree (or took leveling courses) a long time ago. Is there a time limit?

Because most of our students will become licensed as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) while in the program, we require that students either be currently licensed as an SLPA or have completed their communication sciences education within 8 years of starting the master’s program. Students who are not currently licensed SLPAs and completed their communication sciences education more than 8 years ago will be required to take more recent leveling courses. 

There is no time limit for the ASHA prerequisite courses of statistics, biological science, chemistry/physics or social-behavioral science.

Will not getting the COVID-19 vaccination hinder my ability to graduate from the program?

While TWU does not require the COVID vaccine of its students, most healthcare providers do require that practicum students are vaccinated. Since we rely on these healthcare providers to provide externship placements for our students, we cannot guarantee that unvaccinated students will be able to progress or graduate from the program.

Frequently Asked Questions - Healthcare-focused Track

Do I have to have a job in the healthcare field to be enrolled in this program?

No, you do not have to be employed in healthcare, but you are required to be sponsored by a healthcare entity such as a home health company, private clinic, etc. for the duration of the program (27 months).

Do I need to secure a sponsorship by a healthcare facility before I enroll in this program?

You do not need to have your sponsor secured before you apply, but you must have a signed sponsorship agreement in place in order to begin the program in the summer semester.

Am I required to find my own sponsor?

Yes. TWU may be able to provide you with some potential sponsors in your area, but you are required to secure your own sponsor for the duration of the program.

Is this an online program?

This is a distance program. Classes meet online via Zoom two or three nights a week and students are expected to attend each class. Clinical practicum experiences are not online.

Am I eligible to enroll in this program if I do not live in Texas?

Students from outside Texas may be accepted into the healthcare cohort. We cannot accept students who live outside the United States, however.

Do I have to come to the Denton campus at any point in time during my time in the program?

There are residency requirements for each of the three summers. This requirement is three days on the TWU Denton campus, generally occurring toward the end of the summer semesters. Exact dates for the first residency will be announced at acceptance and future dates will be announced as soon as possible.

Is there a discount in tuition since it is not an on-campus program?

There is no tuition discount for distance programs. Distance students pay the same tuition and fees as on-campus students. Out-of-state students will pay the non-Texas resident tuition rate.

How do I edit my ApplyTexas application after I have submitted it if I need to change the name of a recommender?

While ApplyTexas asks for recommenders, they are contacted through the CSDCAS program, not ApplyTexas. Therefore, the names you input into CSDCAS will be the ones who are contacted for recommendations.

Will not getting the COVID-19 vaccination hinder my ability to graduate from the program?

While TWU does not require the COVID vaccine of its students, most healthcare providers do require that practicum students are vaccinated. Since we rely on these healthcare providers to provide externship placements for our students, we cannot guarantee that unvaccinated students will be able to progress or graduate from the program.

Program requirements

In this program, you will complete a total of 61 semester credit hours over seven semesters broken down into:

  • 41 credit hours of required coursework
    • Courses are delivered via synchronous, online methods 2-3 evenings per week each semester
    • Schools-focused track meets at regional education service centers for one of the synchronous classes each week
  • 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 throughout the program (an approved Texas education entity for the schools-focused track and an approved healthcare entity for the healthcare-focused track)
  • Each distance track has a residency requirement on the Denton campus
    • Schools-focused track: six days at the beginning of the program
    • Healthcare-focused track: three days each of the three summer semesters
  • 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, schools-focused distance students 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.

Admission requirements

Admission to the M.S. in Speech Language Pathology - Distance Venue

Program Contact

Admissions Coordinator
940-898-2025
csohadmissions@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Summer – January 5, 2024

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in communication sciences or a bachelor's degree out of field with completion of pre-master's leveling courses at TWU or another university. Applications may be submitted before these are completed as long as the degree or required leveling courses will be completed before graduate coursework begins.
  2. Completion of college-level coursework in the four areas in compliance with ASHA's Standard IV-A. No communication sciences courses can count toward this requirement. TWU follows ASHA’s guideline for meeting this standard. For more information on what classes count toward this requirement, see ASHA’s Course Content Guide.
    • Statistics (can be math statistics, psychology statistics, business statistics, etc.)
    • Biological science (biology, human anatomy, microbiology, etc.)
    • Physics or chemistry (must be chemistry or physics, not a physical science course)
    • Social or behavioral science (psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, etc.)
  3. A minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of college coursework (the average GPA of incoming students in our program is 3.76).
  4. The following items will be needed to complete the program application:
    • Estimated GPA on last 60 hours of college credit
    • Course names and dates for prerequisite courses and leveling courses (if needed)
    • A one-page letter of intent responding to this prompt: "Discuss how being accepted into the TWU Master's Program Statewide Distance Venue will help you achieve your professional goals." (include your name and ID# in the letter.
    • Current Resume
    • A link to a short (2-4 minutes) video which effectively communicates a response to this prompt: "Texas Woman's University distance Master's degree program is committed to creating top-quality SLPs with a focus in healthcare-based service. Healthcare-based SLP's are an integral part of any interdisciplinary healthcare team. Discuss what characteristics or personality traits you posses that would make you a successful member of the healthcare-based team. What sets you apart from the other applicants?" 
    • The names, positions/titles, employers, and email addresses of three individuals who have agreed to provide you with letters of recommendation to the Graduate program. To receive maximal points, please select current/past professors and/or individual SLP/PT/OTs that are able to reference your potential to succeed in a graduate program. Individuals identified will receive an email from CSDCAS (may be sent after January 5) with instructions to submit their recommendation.

Additional Application requirements - Healthcare - focused Track (applications accepted beginning August 2023) 

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School. This step should be completed several weeks prior to the January 5, 2024 program application deadline. (See "How to Apply" on website for TWU application.)
  2. Complete the program application on the Communications Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) website before the deadline.
    ***A second set of official transcripts from every college or university attended must be submitted to CSDCAS. If currently enrolled in classes, final Fall grades are NOT required to be posted on official transcripts.***

Schools-focused Track: (applications accepted beginning August 15, 2024)

TWU will offer a 13th cycle of the distance venue of the TWU MS program in Speech-Language Pathology, schools-focused cohort.  This program is designed for students who commit to working in the schools of Texas following graduation.  The 27-month program will begin in May 2025 with applications being accepted between August 15, 2024 and January 7, 2025.  Because of the unique nature of this program, interested applicants must attend one of the program Information meetings before applying.

Announcing the dates for the Cycle 13 SLP Master's Degree Distance School-Focused Venue information meetings!

All information meetings are scheduled for Mondays at 4:30-6:30 pm CST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: https://twu.edu/alumni-advantage/. If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

For more information

Admissions Coordinator
940-898-2025
csohadmissions@twu.edu 

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