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Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist First Time

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Requirements

For the Initial Certificate

This application is for people seeking their first tier certification for the school speech language pathologist/audiologist role.

  • Master's degree in speech language pathology, audiology or communication disorders from a college or university program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Must submit official transcripts showing degree
  • Must complete a written comprehensive exam
  • Completion of an ESA course approved by the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB)
    OR
  • Completion of any state's approved program leading to certification for the school speech language pathologist/audiologist role Form 4099E
    OR
  • Three years of out-of-state experience in the school speech language pathologist/audiologist role 4020F-1
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

DEGREE NOTE: If the master's degree has not yet been conferred, applicant may still qualify with completion of all required course work (with the exception of special project or thesis) for a master's degree with a major in speech language pathology, audiology, or communication disorders from a program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) through an accredited college or university. Applicants who meet these standards must submit verification of such from the head of the speech language pathology/audiology/communication disorders department, or registrar's office of the college or university. The OSPI Certification Office is not authorized to perform transcript evaluations.

EXAM NOTE: Applicant must have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of an accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 5331, or Praxis II audiologist examination, test code 5342, both administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification. The minimum passing scores are 162 for SLP, test code 5331, and 170 for audiologist, test code 5342. (Previous test codes for the SLP exam were 0330 and 5330, with a passing score of 600. Previous test codes for the audiologist exam were 0342 and 0340, with a passing score of 170.)

COURSE NOTE: For the PESB approved course, the applicant must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 15 clock hour or 1 semester hour course approved by the PESB which will include a number of topics related to the Educational Staff Associate roles.

PERMIT NOTE: Provided, that an individual who meets all other requirements (fingerprinting, degree, license if required), but who has not yet provided verification of ESA course or out-of-state program completion, or appropriate out-of-state experience, shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one year, allowing the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall provide verification of one of the three requirements (course, program or experience) to OSPI during the one-year period.

For the Continuing Certificate

This application is for people seeking the second tier certification for the school speech language pathologist/audiologist role.

  • Must meet all requirements for initial certification
  • The candidate must have completed 180 days of experience in the role (or the equivalent of 180 days of full-time service), of which 30 days must be in the same district. Form 4020F
  • Must attest to completion of an issues of abuse course for more information see WAC 181-79A-030(9). This course MUST be entered into the 'PD Hours' section of your E-Certification account prior to applying

ISSUES OF ABUSE COURSE NOTE: The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an educational staff associate to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

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If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login to: E-Certification

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office.