Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist First Time
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)
- Completion of any state's approved program leading to certification for the school speech language pathologist/audiologist role Form 4099E
- 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, the applicant may still qualify with completion of all required course work (with the exception of a 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 the 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 and can be verified by the institution by using Form 4099E. OR, the applicant may provide verification of one of the following approved alternative exams:
- Praxis II SLP specialty area test (code 5331) with a passing score of 162
- Praxis II SLP specialty area test (code 5330) with a passing score of 600
- Praxis II SLP specialty area test (code 0330) with a passing score of 600
- Praxis II audiologist specialty area test (code 5342) with a passing score of 170
- Praxis II audiologist specialty area test (code 0340) with a passing score of 170
- Praxis II audiologist specialty area test (code 0342) with a passing score of 170
- A copy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certification is acceptable in lieu of a Praxis II score report
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 10 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.
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