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SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY - INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS

The Speech-Language Pathology Program in Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida offers a variety of settings to match your interests, expand your skills, and broaden your horizons.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are required to hold a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. CFYs are cheerfully accepted! In fact, we pride ourselves on the supervision given to our CFYs. We have 3 SLP supervisors in the district whose full time job is to supervise CFYs and mentor other SLPs new to our district.

You must hold a valid Department of Health license or Department of Education certificate in speech-language pathology to be employed in our district.

School based positions for SLPs can be full time, half time or part time. Traditional pull out therapy and collaborative therapy in the classroom are both employed. Therapists may work in just one school, paired schools, or 3 secondary sites. Our SLPs have a speech records aide one day every other week to help with the routine paperwork.

Some of our SLPs specialize in working with populations such as hearing impaired, autistic, medically fragile, and severely mentally handicapped students. These students may be housed in neighborhood schools or, in some cases, exceptional education centers.

All SLPs work an 8 hour day. Opportunities to work in rural or metropolitan settings with a diverse multi-cultural population are available. Schools with very large caseloads may have a speech assistant part or full time. Our assistants hold a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders.

The Speech-Language Program office provides a wealth of specialized information, tests, and equipment/materials to therapists throughout the district. Our initial Orientation Training Program for new staff is comprehensive and further supported by trainers who will provide you with individual support until you are comfortable in your new surroundings. In addition, twice a year we bring in nationally know experts in speech-language pathology to provide cutting edge information and training in our profession. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available, of course!

If you are interested in joining the more than 240 SLPs in our district, please contact the Speech-Language/Hearing Program Supervisor at 813-273-7520