American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Kentucky 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

Speech-language pathology assistants must be licensed as such by the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and may only be used in the public schools under the supervision of an appropriately qualified supervisor.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Practice limited to public schools and under the supervision of either a licensed speech language pathologist or a speech language pathologist who holds Education Professional Standards Board Master’s level certification as a teacher of exceptional children in the areas of speech and communication disorders.
  2. Baccalaureate degree in the area of speech-language pathology or communication disorders or possess equivalent education
  3. Completion of 9 months postgraduate professional experience
  4. List on the application the name of the appropriately qualified supervisor who has agreed to provide supervision
  5. Supervisors may not supervise any more than two assistants
  6. Total caseload for SLPs who supervise assistants in the public schools may be increased by one-half the amount of 65 pupils for each assistant working under their supervision
  7. Direct and indirect supervision varies from 1 hour per week to three hours per week depending on the length of experience of the assistant unless, in the professional judgment of the supervisor, the ability of the speech-language pathology assistant requires a higher level of supervision in order to avoid compromising the quality of services provided to students.
  8. A person holding an interim license as a speech-language pathology assistant shall receive no less than three (3) hours per week of documented direct supervision and three (3) hours per week of indirect supervision from an appropriate supervisor as determined by the board.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

No requirements.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

No 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:

Kentucky Revised Statutes

Laws and Regulations [PDF]

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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