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  1. I would def. hold off on Simucase subscription for now- your program may have a discount or provide you with the subscription (it's rolled into your course fees). During these Covid times, universities are relying on Simucase for competencies and clockhours as some medical establishments are not accepting students or very few students. Same with Speechpathology.com subscription. We've completed some of those for additional information from lectures. They are really good and packed full of evidence based research information. Epson EcoTank printer. I cannot stress how much I LOVE my ecota
  2. Add Texas Woman's University to your list. Cycle 11 just started during Memorial day weekend. I am in Cycle 10 and graduate in 14 days (not like I'm counting or anything). We are a separate program from the on-campus (different program directors and course sequence). You are asked to commit to working as a school SLP in Texas for at least 1-3 years after graduation. Preferred to be a SLPA in a school (makes that school placement easier) and will handle the medical externships in the summers. First summer, no externship, but you have one the next 2 summers. It is 2 years and 3 months of hard wo
  3. I’ve done about 10 hours total of teletherapy and I will say it’s gotten a lot easier. I don’t think I would want to be full-time teletherapy SLP, but should this kind of shut down ever happen again, I will be more comfortable and confident in my abilities to conduct teletherapy. I know some of my classmates were looking into how much you can make as a teletherapist and it’s much more than I expected!
  4. This heavily depends on the school you want to go for your master’s. My cohort is pretty split on bachelor’s in communication disorders and 1 year of leveling. I have my BS in comm disorders and I’ve also been a SLPA for almost 5 years now. I can say that the actual hands-on experience of being a SLPA has helped me more than the extra year of courses. If you’re worried about your GPA affecting your chances of getting an acceptance, you may want to go the extra year. It heavily depends on where you want to go. If the university is mainly concerned about the GPA of your last 60 hours,
  5. I wouldn’t risk deferring. I’m a distance SLP student. Y’all. It’s not bad at all. I miss the interaction within the cohort, but my program had that pre-covid 1x a week and 1x a week at our homes online. There are some things you do need to do in-person and I know the COVID-19 restrictions will postpone that until we are allowed to go back to our regional educational service centers here in Texas. As of right now, we are strictly online with Simucase and possible teletherapy options right now, hopefully allowing externships to resume in the fall. It’s not that bad y’all. I’m a year i
  6. You’re in luck. I’m a cycle 10 student and I have 2 kids- 1st and 2nd grades. I will say it’s hard balancing it all, but it’s so-able. You might not be super mom, but that’s ok. I can’t believe I’m almost done with my 1st year. I work full time as a SLPA in my sponsoring district, attend class full time and still able to attend a good chunk of my kid’s activities. There’s a LOT of reading. Lots. But as far as lectures go, all of them are recorded- even classes that meet at the ESCs- so it’s so helpful to go back and rewatch them. The professors And program directors are amazing and want you to
  7. Hey- I’m in cycle 10. I was looking at the page with my coworker who may be applying. I think they are waiving the GRE requirement for Cycle 11 due to COVID-19. As far as difficulty to get in, I know you need 3 solid recommendations- I got mine from 2 SLPs- 1 previous supervisor and my current supervisor. My 3rd recommendation was from my special education director. I’m sure that helped a lot to have my sped director’s recommendation letter since you need a sponsoring school district. I also had a really good, honest personal statement letter outlining why I needed to transition from a SLPA to
  8. I did not level, but as someone who is currently in TWU distance Cycle 10 program, almost half of the cohort did. I know from those in my region, 5 out of the 7 of us leveled through TWU and they completed the observation and direct therapy hours as a course through TWU this past spring, completing the course a couple of weeks before kick off week in Denton. The other girl and myself were already SLP-assistants and got our 25 hours of observation through Tech. We just completed the direct therapy when we were hired for our first SLP-A jobs. When I applied for my license, I had something like 6
  9. Don’t let the competitiveness scare you. There are multiple components to admissions, such as diversity factors and letters of recommendations. Those can help boost your application!
  10. Oh Lord. Those are literally THE worst questions to ask. I mean, you obviously want to be a SLP to help people. Maybe you had experience receiving speech services, but so do several applicants. I understand your aggravation- I felt it too! I was like UMMMM you want me to put it down on 1 page and sell myself? I’m NOT good at selling myself! That’s not my strong suit at all. If you had prior experience with speech such as you received services or a family member did and you had a memorable experience, write it for those that ask why you want to be a SLP. For me, my mom was a reading interventio
  11. Do your schools of choice have a set question/prompt? The first time I applied to my program, I was all about this is why I wanted to be a SLP. It was good BUT guess what? Still didn’t get in. It was like too many others is what the program director told me. It didn’t stand out. This last app Cycle, they had a prompt about why you want to attend their specific program. I stuck to the prompt and was very real/blunt about how I was a perfect match for the program. Needless to say, I was accepted! So, if they’ve got a prompt, for sure stick to it. If not, I would say why I would fit with that sch
  12. Yes! I do this and it was SO helpful when I had to do a partner project with my partner who is 7 hours away from me! I made a joint filter on google drive with her and we used it to make our notes and script for our “podcast” episode for cultural and linguistic diversity class.
  13. Oh I would be annoyed about that too!!! That’s one of those tricky questions that doesn’t make a hill of beans when it comes time for the praxis. I loathe those questions!!!
  14. Yes! Several of us in my cohort are renting and will buy if we feel it was a good resource. I will say, never cracked the cultural and linguistic diversity book, barely opened and read part of 2 chapters in speech sound disorders and read 1 chapter in my diagnostics class. It really depends on the professor I think.
  15. I bought the ETS Gre book pack; it was good. But like slptobe! I also used Magoosh- I utilized the free vocabulary app and words I studied on there were on the test! I still use the free Magoosh app in therapy with my older students who were working on vocabulary.
  16. Several of us are renting our books and if we used it a lot or feel it was a good resource then we will purchase the boom for reference. It’s a total crapshoot to be honest. I still have my undergraduate books and haven’t cracked them since ‘13. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  17. I was going to tell you that you shouldn't worry about accepting the offer and take it...but you have so yay! One of my coworkers did the ENMU hybrid program and it worked out great for her. She loved her time there and although it was online, she still made some good friends with others in the program. She was able to work part-time which helped out a LOT as a newlywed.
  18. It took me 3 app cycles (not 3 consecutive years)- I got in on my second try to the program I am currently attending. I wasn't able to pick up and move at the drop of a hat, so I initially only applied to where I went to undergrad, waitlisted there so I decided to work as a SLP-A in the meantime. My current program is a distance ed for the state of Tx and it's highly recommended you work as a school SLP-A while in the program as your clinic practicums during fall and spring for 2 years are at the school. I would say as a grad student who has completed my first semester of school after graduati
  19. Girl. Stick with TWU. In Cycle 10 we have 3 out and proud L and G people! No one blinked an eye. 2 are gay males- one legally married to his husband and I think the other one is not married but VERY committed- his SIL is in the program as well. We have one girl who is VERY proudly lesbian and legally married- her wife just started her graduate program as well. Like NO one has said anything to them and they are respected as humans.
  20. The last time I took the GRE, it took about 15 days for the results to be available for me to view and I believe they sent them off close to the same time I saw them. If your deadline October, I would probably take it by the end of September so that there’s enough time for the score to be sent to the school!
  21. I’ve only been in my online program for a month and we’ve had 6 drop. Not sure why. There’s 105 of us left and the ones who dropped out aren’t from my area, so I’m not sure why. Some people tonight were discussing they are overwhelmed with the workload, which is comparable to a traditional program, which my school has as well. This is my university’s 20th year of having a distance ed program, so they know what they are doing. Most of those who are overwhelmed are out of field and leveled, so, maybe some of it was lack of experience. Half of my cohort has experience as a SLPA, which speaking fo
  22. I’m in Lubbock and have to go to my ESC 3 times this summer for class but have classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-8:30. During the school year, we go to the ESC on Tuesday from 4:30-8:30 and then home on collaborate the same hours. We also do our school-based practicum during the school year. Summer 2020 and 2021 I will have adult practicum placements. My stats are: 155 verbal 150 quantitative 5 writing GPA 3.8 for my last 60 hours. At the time of applying, I had started my 4th year of working as a SLPA. I had letters of recommendation from 2 SLP supervisors and my SpEd director of m
  23. Girl... TWU has a great communications disorders program. I think apps open in the fall and you would start in the spring... and if you have any interest at all of working as a school based SLP (I know, lowest paid in the profession, but they come with a set salary and you can work PRN in other settings when you want extra $ and you will always have a job) you can apply for the distance ed program they offer. I am in my first semester of the cycle 10 of the TWU distance ed program and I love it. We had several levelers who did level through TWU get accepted. I would say approx half of our coho
  24. There were a few either here on forums or in the results page that have heard back from Baylor..but it is literally trickling in. One person said they had a major change in some of the key positions in the program. I would at least place a call to Baylor to find out status... probably both of them since you haven't heard anything. When I applied and was waitisted to my alma mater (Texas Tech HSC) I was notified I was on the waitlist when their decisions went out and never heard anything again. When I applied to my current grad program Texas Woman's University, I received an automated email whe
  25. I have worked as a SLPA for 4 years and I am in my first semester into my graduate program. I will say, stay close to the field; make sure your gap year is relevant to speech pathology. Schools are more willing to hire SLPAs than a home health/ECI setting. I didn't intend to work as a SLPA as long as I have, but my program will do an app cycle for their distance ed program once every 2 years and I have to work. Good luck in whatever you pursue, just make sure that whatever you do is relevant to speech pathology in some way. I would say that unless they ask for a resume, they may not be concern
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