Illinois Teacher Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
The following information summarizes the requirements currently necessary to begin work in the public school system as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist.
This information has been collected by researching individual state department of education regulations and policy documents, state administrative code provisions and by contacting each state department of education. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state department of education for the most up-to-date information.
Audiologists in the public schools are contract employees and do not fall under specific teacher requirements of the State Department of Education. State licensure is typically required for practice in the schools.
Teaching Speech-Language Pathologist
Type 10 Special Certificate for a Teaching Speech-Language Pathologist requires all the following:
- Master's or doctoral degree from approved or ASHA-accredited program
- Completion of Basic Skills, Content, Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) and Special Education Curriculum tests
Non-Teaching Speech-Language Pathologist
Type 73 School Service Personnel Certificate with a speech-language endorsement requires all the following:
- Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) license
valid Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from ASHA and valid license from another state and has applied for IDFPR license
holds or has applied for temporary IDFPR license;
- Master's or doctoral degree from approved or ASHA-accredited program;
- Completion of program of study that meets the content area standards for speech-language pathologists approved by the State Board of Education
completion of an approved comparable program in another state
holds a comparable certificate issued by another state; and
- Completion of Basic Skills and Content tests.
Interim Certification of Speech-Language Pathologist Interns (valid for 3 years and non-renewable )
- IDFPR license
current CCC from ASHA and valid license from another state and application for IDFPR license
temporary IDFPR license,
- Master's or doctoral degree from approved or ASHA-accredited program.
Continuing Education Requirement
Type 10 Certificate holders may renew their certificate in one of the following ways:
- Advanced degree; or
- Eight semester hours of graduate-level coursework; or
- Subsequent Illinois certificate or endorsement; or
- Four semester hours of approved graduate-level coursework in either self-assessment or NBPTS certification preparation; or
- 120 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs)
Renewal of a Type 73 Certificate (non-teaching) requires a copy of a currently valid license; ASHA CCC; or completion of 80 CPDUs.
The information contained herein was collected and summarized annually. For detailed information on teacher certification requirements, contact the state department of education and visit these websites:
Educator Certification Rules [PDF]
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.