Distance Education SLP Degree & Admission Details

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
  • 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 from an approved Texas educational entity throughout the program
  • 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, as a distance student, you must commit to working as an SLP in the schools for a period of time after graduation.

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

Additional Requirements once admitted:

  • Immunizations: You must submit documentation showing all required immunizations are current to Student Health Services at TWU. Immunizations must also remain current throughout enrollment. Without immunizations, you will not be able to participate in required externships, clinical rotations or client interactions on campus.
  • Background check: You must pass a background check before starting any clinical experience. The initial background check is conducted by TWU during clinic orientation. Some externships require additional background checks that are your responsibility to complete at your expense.
  • Drug screening: Before starting a TWU clinical practicum experience, you must pass a drug screening. Some externships will require you to submit additional drug screens. Drug screening is done through a designated third party at your expense. Any non-negative result or refusal to test will result in dismissal from the SLP master's program.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association is required of all students in clinical rotations. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided after program admission and the training is done at the student’s expense.
  • Health insurance: Many practicum sites require you to have health insurance and documentation must be provided to the clinical site.
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Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

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

Program Contact

Penny Tomlinson, Admissions Coordinator

Application Deadlines

Summer – October 1 (even years only)

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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).
  • A competitive GRE score (the average GRE scores of incoming students in our program are 150 for verbal, 145 for quantitative, and 3.8 for writing).

How to Apply 

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU.
  3. Complete the program application that includes a letter of intent responding to a specific prompt and the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation.

Applications are closed for the current cycle. If another cycle is authorized, mandatory information meetings will be held and applications accepted in 2020 with the program starting in summer 2021. More information will be posted here when available.

For more information

Debra Stolinsky

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