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Illinois Teacher Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

The information below is collected from state regulatory agencies responsible for regulating school based speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state 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.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Pathologist (non-teaching) Endorsement

  • a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education 
  • completion of a preparation program in the field of specialization
  • internship or equivalent experience—150 hours of supervised, school-based professional experience 
  • coursework in cross-categorical methods of the exceptional child
  • coursework in methods of reading and reading in the content area
  • speech-language pathology license issued by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation or a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology

Continuing Education

Twenty hours of continuing education are required per biennial renewal cycle.


For further information on laws and regulations for school based speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit these websites:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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