American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Indiana Support Personnel Requirements

The following information includes speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel requirements in educational and other practice settings. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Speech-Language Pathology

School Setting Requirements

Support personnel must be registered and supervised by a licensed SLP. There are three types of support personnel:

  1. Speech-Language Assistant—holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders
  2. Speech-Language Associate—holds a two-year associate's degree in Communication Disorders
  3. Speech-Language Aide—holds at least a high school diploma

Note: Indiana Department of Education does not license support personnel. Support personnel must be registered with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. For registration as a speech-language pathology aide I, possess at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. For registration as a speech-language pathology associate, possess at least an associate's degree in speech-language pathology or its equivalent (means 60 semester credit hours with specified course work and 100 clock hours of supervised field experience) from an accredited institution in the area for which the applicant is requesting to be registered.
  3. For registration as a speech-language pathology assistant, possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent in communication disorders from an accredited institution in the area for which the applicant is requesting to be registered ; 100 hours of clinical practicum is required and must be supervised by a licensed SLP.
  4. In order to supervise speech-language pathology support personnel, an individual must be a state licensed speech-language pathologist for a minimum of two years prior, and have at least three years of clinical experience.
  5. A supervisor may supervise up to two support personnel at one time.

Audiology

No additional requirements.

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel in educational and other practice settings, please visit these websites:

School Setting Requirements:

Indiana DOE does not license support personal. SLPA’s must be registered with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Laws and rules for SLP Aides, Assistants, and Associates, and Audiology Assistants

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trends charts which are updated annually:

Support Personnel in School Settings [PDF]

Support Personnel in Other Settings [PDF] 

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

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