Distance Venue

Earn your master’s degree close to home through this specialized distance-education program offered only at TWU.*

This program is open to students who commit to working in Texas public schools after graduation. Cohorts for this learning venue start every other summer.

*Through a special partnership with the Texas Education Agency, Region 10 Education Service Center, and local education service centers and school districts across Texas

When to Apply

Applications are closed for Cycle 10.

If a Cycle 11 is authorized, 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.

Why SLP Distance Learning at TWU?

  • Work as a school-based licensed speech-language pathology assistant while in the program
  • Attend classes at participating regional Education Service Centers across the state and through live interactive courses transmitted to your home computer
  • Complete clinical experiences with sponsoring school districts during the school year and at medical facilities during summers
  • Be part of a program with an exceptional Praxis exam pass rate and job placement rate for graduates

Program Requirements

This program takes seven semesters (61 credit hours), six of which include clinical experiences. (Out-of-field students may be required to take an additional clinic semester.) You must secure and maintain sponsorship from an approved educational entity throughout the program.

See the Graduate Catalog for more specifics on course requirements. You must pass a comprehensive exam prior to degree completion and graduation.

Upon completion of the program, 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 bachelor’s degree in communication sciences or a bachelor’s degree in another field and completion of pre-master’s leveling courses at TWU or another university. You may apply to the graduate program before these are completed as long as the degree and/ or leveling courses will be completed before graduate coursework begins.
  • Completion of college-level coursework in the following four areas in compliance with ASHA's Standard IV-A (No communication sciences courses can count toward this requirement.)
    • Statistics (a stand-alone course in statistics is required; 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.)

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.

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of college coursework. (The average GPA of incoming students in our program is 3.6.)
  • An official GRE score submitted by the application deadline. No minimum scores are required but scores should be competitive. (The average GRE score for incoming students is 150 for the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.75 for writing.)

Additional Program Requirements

  • 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: Before any clinical experience, a background check is required and provided by TWU upon entrance to the program with instructions provided during clinic orientation. Some externships require additional background checks that are your responsibility to complete at your expense.
  • Drug screening: Some externships require students to submit to drug screens. Drug screening is done through a designated third party at the student's expense. Any student with a non-negative drug screen result or who refuses the test will be dismissed from the SLP master's program. 
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training (CPR): 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 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

Page last updated 4:27 PM, December 13, 2018