Earn 1 Hour of Continued Education

SLP’s Guide to a Direct Contract with a School

This course explains how you can direct contract with schools as an SLP. This is different than being hired by the school district or working at a school through a staffing company. Direct contracting offers ability to set your caseload size, specialty niche (if you want), choose your rate, and much more! You will learn the steps you need to take to make this dream a reality in this episode course! Earn 1 clock hour of continuing education credit (Introductory Level, Professional Area).
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This program has been approved for 1 clock hour of continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. TSHA continuing education (CE) hours can be used toward renewal of your Texas SLP license (and most other states too) and for professional development hour(s) for the maintenance of your ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Simply save your certificate of completion, these CE courses are not ASHA CEUs and will not be sent to the optional ASHA CEU registry. CLICK HERE to learn more about ASHA CUEs vs PDHs.

  Learner Objectives:

As a result of this presentation the participant will be able to:

1. List at least 3 ways direct contracting with a school is beneficial for SLPs.
2. List 5 legal documents you will need to contract with a school.
3. List 2 actionable steps to get started contracting with a school.


5 min: Introduction, bio, disclosures, learner objectives
10 min: Direct contract benefits and limitations
10 min: What do you need to have in order first?
10 min: First action steps (finding openings, selling to schools)
10 min: Setting your caseload (In person and teletherapy options)
10 min: Sending your contract
5 min: Summary, closing points


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice. Pep Talk Podcast, its host, and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during episodes unless otherwise stated. TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


Michelle Andrews M.S., CCC-SLP

Founder and Managing Director of Pep Talk LLC
Michelle has been a speech-language pathologist since 2014. She has worked in the schools, private clinics, and home health. She started creating speech therapy materials for SLPs years ago and founded Pep Talk LLC. She discovered her passion for education and developed this continuing education podcast for SLPs everywhere. She desires to help SLPs feel confident and to produce the best treatment by increasing knowledge and skills.

Elise Mitchell M.S., CCC-SLP

Guest Speaker
Elise Mitchell, founded The Therapist Support Network™ and has been an SLP for almost 10 years.Through her experiences, she became passionate about giving providers tools to do their jobs affordably. Whether through affordable materials, ability to request caseload-specific materials, or documents needed to be 1099 with a district--the goal is that this network makes the job a bit easier for SLPs and OTs!


Michelle Andrews’ financial disclosers: She has a Teachers pay Teachers, Boom Learning, and Teach with Medley store under Pep Talk LLC. She is also the founder and manager of the Pep Talk Podcast. 
Michelle Andrews’ non-financial disclosures: Speech Arcade is an in-kind sponsor for this podcast.
Elise's financial disclosures: Founder and owner of The Therapist Support Network.
Elise's non-financial disclosures: No non-financial disclosures.

References & Resources

Download this checklist to become a school contractor.

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