State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Apply for a New License - Requirements

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Education and Experience required for licensure

  • Assistant License
    • Baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology *
    • 24 semester hours in speech-language pathology and audiology with at least
      • 18 semester hours in speech-language pathology content;
      • 3 semester hours in language disorders (A language disorders course may include content for assessment and intervention of language disorders such as aphasia and related acquired language disorders, dementia, language delay, factors underlying language impairment, language disorders in children, and language disorders in adults.); and
      • 3 semester hours in speech disorders (A speech disorders course may include content for assessment and intervention of speech disorders such as phonological process disorder, articulation disorders, voice disorder, and fluency disorder.)
    • excludes clinical experience and/or course work such as special education, deaf education, or sign language 
    • 25 hours of clinical observation
    • 25 hours of clinical assisting experience

  *§741.64 (c) An applicant who possesses a baccalaureate degree with a major that is not in communicative sciences and disorders may qualify for the assistant license. The board's designee shall evaluate transcripts on a case-by-case basis to ensure equivalent academic preparation, and shall determine if the applicant satisfactorily completed 24 semester credit hours in communicative sciences or disorders, which may include some leveling hours. Within 15 working days of receipt, the board's designee shall approve the application, request additional documentation, or require that additional course work or continuing professional education be earned. If necessary, the applicant may reapply for the license when the requirements of this section are met.

Courses are not evaluated by the board PRIOR to an application for an assistant license. Please take these requirements to your university advisor.

  • Intern License
    • Masters degree from an accredited institution in one of the areas of communicative science or disorders
    • Coursework in specific areas
    • 400 clock hours of clinical experience
  • Temporary Certificate of Registration
    • Completion of 36 weeks of full-time supervised professional experience (internship) and
    • Be registered to take the PRAXIS Examination in speech-language pathology or audiology
  • Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology License
    • Qualify for intern license and completion of internship
    • Successful completion of the PRAXIS examination
    • Waiver is granted to applicants who hold the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's certificate of clinical competence

NOTE: If the coursework and clinical experience required by Board Rules for licensure were earned more than 10 years before the date of application of the license, the applicant shall submit proof of current knowledge of the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology (the area of licensure the applicant is applying for). The applicant's statement and documentation of actual practice, college/university coursework, or continuing education hours should cover the last five years. This documentation will be evaluated by the Board's designee.The applicant applying under §741.63 or §741.83 (waiver of holding ASHA CCC) need not submit this proof.


Last updated October 20, 2014