There are certain requirements one must fulfill if interested in how to become a speech therapist in Texas. There are many wonderful and lucrative opportunities in Texas for speech therapists.
- Educational background. To become a speech therapist in Texas you must possess a minimum of a diploma in speech pathology. Degree and Graduate programs are also available and are a definite plus. These courses train you on how to help children and adults who have speech and language disorders. It could be useful to have a teaching certificate in order to become a speech therapist in Texas.
- Get licensed. To become a speech therapist in Texas you must get a license from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology is responsible for regulating and licensing speech therapists within its State. In order to become a speech therapist in Texas you must qualify obtain a license so that you can work and practice in a school or health facility.
- Types of licenses. There are three different types of licenses available if you want to become a speech therapist in Texas. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology you can obtain an Assistant license. If you have a Graduate degree in Speech Pathology together with clinical practicum you can obtain an intern license. If you complete a nine month supervised professional internship and pass the Specialty Area Test in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology you can obtain a full license. That then allows you to practice as a speech therapist in Texas.
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