Massachusetts 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.
This information 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.
Applicants must meet the January 1, 2007, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, or Requirements for board certification from the American Board of Audiology.
Continuing Education Requirement
20 Continuing Education hours per licensure renewal period (every two years). A minimum of 10 of the total 20 Continuing Education hours must be completed in the licensee's area of licensure.
State License plus Additional Requirements
Applicants who apply for licensure as a speech-language pathologist must submit evidence that the applicant meets the January 1, 2005, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.
Department of Education Initial License
- Master's degree in speech-language pathology from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA
- Eligibility for clinical fellowship
- Passing score on the communication and literacy skills test
- Completion of a clinical practicum consisting of 100 on-site hours in a public school or an approved private school setting
- Adherence to the ASHA Code of Ethics
Department of Education Professional License
- Possession of an initial license
- Possession and maintenance of the license to practice speech-language pathology through the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- Completion of the clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology
- Passing score on the national examination in speech-language pathology and audiology
- Three years of employment under the initial license
Continuing Education Requirement
- For state licensure, licensees in speech-language pathology are required as a condition of license renewal to complete a minimum of the equivalent of 20 Continuing Education hours per licensure renewal period (every two years). A minimum of ten of the total 20 Continuing Education hours must be completed in the licensee's area of licensure.
- For Department of Education licensure, individual professional development plans must include 150 professional development points (PDPs) every five years with at least 120 in the content area of the certification. One clock hour = one point.
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:
Regulations for Educator Licensure
Rules and Regulations Governing Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.