California Teacher Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
The following information summarizes the requirements currently necessary to begin work in the California 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.
Audiology Clear Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential
- Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- Passage of the Basic Skills Requirement; and
- Either a California Commission on Teaching Credentials-approved specialized professional preparation program resulting in a formal recommendation for the credential by the college or university through which the program was completed, or an audiology license issued by the California Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.
Continuing Education Requirement
One hundred fifty clock hours of planned and approved professional growth activities every five years and the equivalent of full-time service for one-half of one school year are required.
Preliminary Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (valid 2 years)
- Master's degree in speech-language pathology;
- Passage of the Basic Skills Requirement; andinstitution of higher education
- Completion of California Commission on Teaching Credentials-accredited preparation program resulting in a formal recommendation for the credential by the college or university through which the program was completed.
Note: An institution of higher education may recommend candidates for a Clear Credential instead of a Preliminary if the candidate meets all requirements for both the Preliminary and Clear Credential.
Clear Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential
1. Passing score on the Praxis II Speech-Language Pathology Test; and
2. Completion of a 36-week, full-time mentored clinical experience or equivalent supervised practicum (Clinical Fellowship Year).
A Speech-Language Pathology License issued by the California Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.
Verification of Certification letter from ASHA that the individual holds a valid ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) including issuance and expiration dates and account number.
The Special Class Authorization (SCA) is a teaching authorization that may be added to a crede ntial that authorizes providing speech services. The SCA authorizes the holder to provide instructional services to special need students in the area of autism and speech and language impairment who are identified through the local level special education assessment, and to conduct Educational Assessments related to students' access to the academic core curriculum and Special Education Support.
Continuing Education Requirement
One hundred fifty clock hours of planned and approved professional growth activities every five years and the equivalent of full-time service for one-half of one school year.
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:
California Commission on Teaching Credentials
California Education Code
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.