New Jersey 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.
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.
- Master's or higher degree in speech-language pathology from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Pass a state-approved test of comprehensive knowledge in the field of speech-language pathology.
Individuals who hold a valid New Jersey speech correctionist endorsement and a master's degree in speech-language pathology shall be issued the speech-language specialist endorsement upon submission of a completed application and fee.
Individuals who hold a valid New Jersey speech correctionist endorsement may serve in a position requiring speech-language specialist certification until August 31, 2015, by which date they must obtain the speech-language specialist endorsement or completed a department-approved retraining program.
Continuing Education Requirement
Each active teacher must complete 100 clock hours of state-approved continuing professional development and/or in-service every five years.
An emergency certificate may be issued to a candidate who holds either a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or is enrolled in a master's program in speech pathology and has completed a minimum of 12 graduate semester-hours in speech pathology at a regionally accredited college or university. The emergency certificate may be renewed a total of four times.
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:
Licensure & Credentials
Professional Licensure and Standards Code [PDF]
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.