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Mississippi 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 associates (formerly called speech/language therapist) receive a five-year renewable standard license from the Department of Education.

Those who have held an Interim Certificate (IC) emergency license 215 in Speech Language Pathology (SLP)  must have:

  • a passing scores on all parts of Praxis I – Reading, Writing, and Math;
  • a certificate of completion from 216 Summer Institute (four required sessions) or purchased CDs and passed the required competency test; and
  • a signed documentation verification form showing 100 hours of practicum experience in articulation therapy or proof of progress toward meeting TMI certification requirements.

Those who have held a 1-year 215 Emergency Certificate (EC) in SLP who are certified teachers  in another area and teaching out of field must have:

  • a certificate of completion from 216 Summer Institute (four required sessions) or purchased CDs and passed the required competency test; and
  • a signed documentation verification form showing 100 hours of practicum experience in articulation therapy or proof of progress toward meeting TMI certification requirements.

Those who have graduated from a bachelor's degree SLP program without practicum experience and have not held any license must have:

  • a passing scores on all parts of Praxis I – Reading, Writing, and Math; and
  • a certificate of completion from 216 Summer Institute (four required sessions) or purchased training CDs and passed the required competency test

Bachelor's level speech associates must be supervised by a master's level fully certified Speech/Language Clinician.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Speech-language pathology aides must be 18 years old and have the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Speech-language pathology aides must register with the Department of Health.
  3. A licensed speech-language pathologist may not supervise more than three aides.
  4. The supervising licensee must institute a training program and must directly supervise the first five hours the aide works with clients, afterwards the supervisor must directly observe the aide during 20% of the time that the aide works with clients per week.
  5. Aides must wear appropriate identification and written consent is required of clients being served.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Audiology support personnel are not currently regulated in Mississippi schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Audiology aides must be 18 years old and have the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Audiology aides must register with the Department of Health.
  3. A licensed audiologist may not supervise more than three aides.
  4. The supervising licensee must institute a training program and must directly supervise the first five hours the aide works with clients, afterwards the supervisor must directly observe the aide during 20% of the time that the aide works with clients per week.
  5. Aides must wear appropriate identification and written consent is required of clients being served.

Resources

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

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

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

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