American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

California Teacher Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

The information below is collected from state regulatory agencies responsible for regulating school based speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Audiologist

Audiology Clear Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential

  1. Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. Passage of the Basic Skills Requirement; and
  3. 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.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Preliminary Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential (valid 2 years)

  1. Master's degree in speech-language pathology;
  2. Passage of the Basic Skills Requirement; andinstitution of higher education
  3. 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

Option 1:
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).

Option 2:
A Speech-Language Pathology License issued by the California Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.

Option 3:
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.

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for school based speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit these websites:

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

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