Alaska 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.
The information below 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.
- Special Services Certificate (Type C) Endorsed in Speech, Language, or Hearing
- Master's or higher degree with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology, audiology, or speech-language and hearing science or a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA
- Recommendation for endorsement by an institution with a program approved by NCATE or ASHA
- Six semester hours or nine quarter hours taken within the past five years
- Three semester hours of approved Alaska studies and three semester hours of multicultural education or cross-cultural communications
Applicants who do not meet the requirements of six semester hours of credit earned in the prior five years, but who meet other requirements, may be eligible to apply for a Temporary Certificate (valid for one year).
Applicants meeting all other requirements for certification, but lack six (6) semester hours of credit earned during the five-year period preceding the date of application, or lack three semester hours in Alaska studies and/or three semester hours in multicultural education or cross-cultural education, may apply for a Provisional Certificate.
Continuing Education Requirement
Six semester hours of credit related to the person's endorsement are required every five years. Up to three non-academic credits or continuing education units may be used to renew a regular 5-year certificate, and a minimum of three semester hours must be upper division or graduate credit. One continuing education unit may be awarded for a minimum of 15 contact hours.
At the request of a school district seeking to employ a person in a position for which a special services certificate (emergency Type C) is required, the commissioner may issue an emergency special services certificate (Type C), valid for a period not to exceed the end of the school year in which it is issued, to a person not otherwise qualified if the district demonstrates to the satisfaction of the commissioner that, despite diligent efforts, including advertising in one or more newspapers of general circulation, it has been unable to fill the position with a qualified person holding the required certificate
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:
Department of Education & Early Development, Teacher Certification
Teacher Certification Regulations
Questions regarding this document? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.