American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Missouri 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

Audiologists in the public schools are contract employees and do not fall under specific teacher requirements of the state Department of Education. State licensure is typically required for practice in the schools.

Speech Language Pathologist

The speech and language pathologist, Initial Student Services Certificate, valid for a period of four years from the effective date of the certificate, will be issued to those persons meeting the following requirements:

  1. Master's degree in speech pathology from a college or university having a teacher education program approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or from a college or university having a teacher education program approved by the state education agency in states other than Missouri.
  2. Recommendation of designated official for teacher education in the college or university.
  3. Grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in the major area of study.
  4. Praxis II Specialty Area Test titled Speech-Language Pathology designated by the State Board of Education with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score.
  5. Completion of professional requirements as determined by the recommending college or university, which may exceed these minimum requirements.

or

  1. Master's degree or higher from a state-approved program for speech-language pathologists.
  2. A valid, unencumbered, undisciplined Missouri license as a speech-language pathologist from the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.
  3. Complete the Praxis II Specialty Area Test entitled Speech-Language Pathology with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score.

Continuing Education Requirement

The speech-language pathologist student services certificate may be renewed every five years by verification by the employing school district that the certificate holder has completed 20 contact hours of professional development annually; or verification of a valid, unencumbered and undisciplined Missouri license as a speech-language pathologist from the Missouri Board of Registration for Healing Arts.

Emergency Certification

Temporary Authorization Certification requires a bachelor's degree or higher in subject area to be taught or in a closely related field.

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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