American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Rhode Island 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.

The information below 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.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Pathologist Certificate

  1. Advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  2. Completion of an approved program for the preparation of speech and language pathologist support
  3. Demonstration of meeting the Content Competencies as prescribed by the ASHA;
  4. Passage of Praxis II

Emergency Certification

A one year emergency permit can be issued to individuals who do not meet requirements for the professional certification to assume regular employment in a specific school district in Rhode Island. The one year emergency permit is issued at the request of a local school superintendent after he/she has documented that the services of a fully certified educator are unavailable.


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:

Speech-Language Pathologist Requirements [PDF]

Educator Quality and Certification


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

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