American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

New York 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

Initial Certificate, Speech and Language Disabilities (valid for five years)

1. Approved Teacher Preparation Program Pathway

  • Completion of a New York state-registered program in Speech and Language Disabilities
  • Institutional recommendation – Speech and Language Disabilities
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam – Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam – Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Workshop-Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance

2. Individual Evaluation Pathway

  • Education – Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • General core in Liberal Arts and Sciences – 30 semester hours
    • College coursework: Artistic Expression, Communication, Information Retrieval, Humanities, Language other than English (including ASL), Written Analysis and Expression, Concepts in Historical and Social Sciences, Scientific Process, and Mathematical Processes
  • Content core – Speech and Language Disabilities – 30 semester hours
  • Pedagogical core – 21 semester hours
    • College coursework: Human Development and Learning, Teaching Students with Disabilities & Special Health-Care Needs, Teaching Literacy Skills Methods – 3 semester hours, Teaching Literacy Skills – 3 semester hours, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Foundations of Education
  • Additional pedagogy – Speech and Language Disabilities – 6 semester hours
    • College coursework: Foundations of Special Education, and assisting students with specific learning disabilities & teachers with teaching & learning of the general education curriculum
  • College supervised practicum – Speech And Language Disabilities – 150 clock hours
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, and Autism, and Dignity For All Students Act 
  • Fingerprint clearance

3. Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate Pathway

  • Hold a valid New York state teaching certificate
  • Content core – Speech and Language Disabilities – 30 semester hours
  • Pedagogical core
    • College coursework: Teaching Literacy Skills Methods – 3 semester hours
  • Additional pedagogy – Speech and Language Disabilities – 6 semester hours
    • College coursework: Foundations of Special Education, and assisting students with specific learning disabilities & teachers with teaching & learning of the general education curriculum
  • College supervised practicum – Speech and Language Disabilities – 150 clock hours
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism and  Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance

4. Interstate Reciprocity Pathway

  • Education – Bachelor's degree
  • Valid Level 2 or higher certification AND 3 years experience, OR completion of approved program – Speech and Language Disabilities
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
  • Workshops-Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance

5. New York Professional License Pathway

  • New York Speech-Language-Pathology license
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism and Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance

Professional Certificate, Speech and Language Disabilities

1. Approved Teacher Preparation Program Pathway

  • Completion of a New York state-registered program – Speech and Language Disabilities
  • Institutional recommendation – Speech and Language Disabilities
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS II)
  • Paid, full-time classroom teaching experience – 3 years
  • Mentored experience – 1 year
  • Workshop-Dignity For All Students ActAutism
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Citizenship status – INS Permanent Residence or U.S. citizenship

2. Individual Evaluation Pathway

  • Education – Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • General core in Liberal Arts and Sciences – 30 semester hours
    • College coursework: Artistic Expression, Communication, Information Retrieval, Humanities, Language other than English (including ASL), Written Analysis and Expression, Concepts in Historical and Social Sciences, Scientific Process, and Mathematical Processes
  • Content core – Speech and Language Disabilities – 30 semester hours
  • Pedagogical core – 21 semester hours
    • College coursework: Human Development and Learning, Teaching Students with Disabilities & Special Health-Care Needs, Teaching Literacy Skills Methods – 3 semester hours, Teaching Literacy Skills – 3 Semester Hours, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Foundations of Education
  • Additional pedagogy – Speech and Language Disabilities – 6 semester hours
    • College coursework: Foundations of Special Education, and assisting speech-language disabled students & teachers with teaching & learning of the general education curriculum
  • College supervised practicum – Speech and Language Disabilities – 150 clock hours
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS II)
  • Additional education – Master's degree
  • Graduate coursework content core – Speech and Language Disabilities – 12 semester hours
  • Paid, full-time classroom teaching experience – 3 years
  • Mentored experience – 1 year
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism, and Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Citizenship status – INS Permanent Residence or U.S. citizenship

3. Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate Pathway

  • Hold a Valid NYS Teaching Certificate
  • Content Core: Speech and Language Disabilities – 30 semester hours
    • College Coursework: Teaching Literacy Skills Methods – 3 semester hours, Teaching Literacy Skills – 3 semester hours
      New York state teacher certification exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • Additional Pedagogy – 6 semester hours
    • College Coursework: Foundations of Special Education, Assisting sld students & teachers with teaching & learning of the general education curriculum
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS II)
  • College Supervised Practicum-Speech and Language Disabilities-150 clock hours
  • Additional education – Master's degree
  • Graduate coursework content core – Speech and Language Disabilities – 12 semester hours
  • Paid, full-time classroom teaching experience – 3 years
  • Mentored experience – 1 year
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism, and Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Citizenship status – INS Permanent Residence or U.S. citizenship

4. Certificate Progression Pathway

  • Hold a valid initial certificate – Speech and Language Disabilities
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS II)
  • Additional education – Master's degree
  • Graduate coursework content core – Speech and Language Disabilities – 12 semester hours
  • Paid, full-time classroom teaching experience – 3 years
  • Mentored experience – 1 year
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism, and Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Citizenship status – INS Permanent Residence or U.S. citizenship

5. New York State Professional License Pathway

  • License & registration – New York state Speech Language Pathology License
  • New York state teacher certification exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • Paid, full-time classroom teaching experience – Speech and Language Disabilities – 3 years
  • Continuing competency activities
  • Workshops – Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism, and Dignity For All Students Acts
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Citizenship status – INS Permanent Residence or U.S. citizenship

6. Interstate Reciprocity Pathway

  • Education-Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Level 2 or Higher Certification and 3 years’ experience, or completion of approved program – Speech and Language Disabilities
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam – Liberal Arts & Science Test (LAST)
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam-Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W)
  • New York State Teacher Certification Exam-Speech-Language Pathology (PRAXIS II)
  • Additional Education-Master’s Degree
  • Graduate Coursework Content Core-Speech and Language Disabilities – 12 semester hours
  • Paid, full-time Classroom Teaching experience – 3 years
  • Mentored Experience – 1 Year
  • Workshops: Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention and Prevention, Autism, and Dignity For All Students Act
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Citizenship Status-INS Permanent Residence or U.S. Citizenship

Continuing Education Requirement

Holders of the professional teaching certificate must complete 175 hours of professional development every five years.

Resources

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

Certification Requirements

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

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