Distance Education SLP Degree & Admission Details

Schools-focused Cohort: 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 October 15, 2022. Because of the unique nature of this program, interested applicants must attend one of the program information meetings before applying. The dates for these virtual meetings are posted below, and the meetings are from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. CST. Please click the link to register for one of the sessions. (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 cohort.)

Monday, February 7, 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

Monday, March 21, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022

Healthcare-focused Cohort: The next healthcare-focused cohort will begin in summer 2022 with applications being accepted through January 7, 2022. 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 Cohort

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 Cohort

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 cohort 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 cohort and an approved healthcare entity for the healthcare-focused cohort)
  • Each distance cohort has a residency requirement on the Denton campus
    • Schools-focused cohort: six days at the beginning of the program
    • Healthcare-focused cohort: 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 – October 15
Note: For the 2022 healthcare cohort only, the application deadline is January 7.

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 - Healthcare Cohort (applications accepted through January 7, 2022)

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School and submit official transcripts to the Office of Admission Processing. It is recommended you request transcripts be sent by early December given many universities may be closed during the holiday. If currently enrolled in classes, final Fall grades are NOT required to be posted on official transcripts.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU.
  3. Complete the program application on the Communication 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.
  4. Complete the MS in SLP Healthcare Cohort Supplemental Application. To complete the supplemental application, applicants must first create their TWU Pioneer Portal account and log in to their TWU Google account using their TWU email address and Pioneer Portal password.

How to Apply - Education Cohort (applications accepted beginning August 2022)

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School. This step should be completed several weeks prior to the October 15th program application deadline.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU
  3. To complete the program application, applicants must first create their TWU Pioneer Portal account and log in to their TWU Google Drive account using their TWU email address and Pioneer Portal password.
  4. Complete the program application. The application will open on August 15th and close at 5:00 p.m. on October 15th. The following items will be needed to complete the program application:
    • Completed and signed forms from the Information Meeting Packet (each form will be submitted as an individual document)
    • 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 school-based service. School-based SLP’s are an integral part of any special education program. Discuss what characteristics or personality traits you possess that would make you a successful member of a school-based team."
    • The names, positions/titles, employers, and e-mail addresses of three individuals who have agreed to provide you with letters of recommendation to the graduate program. Individuals identified will receive an e-mail from the program (may be sent after October 15th) with instructions and will have a few weeks to submit their recommendation.  Recommendations do NOT have to be submitted by the October 15 deadline; only the application must be completed by this date.

For more information

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

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