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 schools after graduation. Cohorts for this learning venue start every other summer. The next group, if authorized, will apply in 2018 for program start in 2019.

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

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 a 99 percent Praxis exam pass rate and 100 percent job placement rate for graduates

Mandatory Information Meeting

In the spring, we will hold mandatory information sessions where you will learn more about the program, get your questions answered and pick up your application packet. Check back for dates.

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 completion of pre-master’s leveling courses at TWU or another university. You may apply before these are completed as long as the degree 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.)

How To Apply

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Applications will be accepted in Fall 2018, if we are approved for our next cycle (Cycle 10).

Spring 2018 Information sessions held. Attendance is MANDATORY.
Fall 2018 Applications due.
Summer 2019 Classes begin.
  1. Take the GRE and send your scores to TWU (institution code 6826). 
  2. Attend a mandatory information session (dates TBD) and apply to the program using the application packet provided at the session.
  3. Apply to TWU. Note: ApplyTexas will be available mid-August 2018 for summer 2019 admission.
  4. Submit the following to the department:
    • Department information form
    • One-page personal letter of intent describing your professional goals and reasons for attending TWU
    • Three recommendations from individuals knowledgeable about your professional or academic abilities to successfully complete the graduate program
    • Additional forms provided in the application packet

For More Information

Sue Colton
Distance Education Secretary
FAX: 940-898-2070