Tennessee 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 and Speech-Language Pathologist

Practitioner School Service Personnel License

Initial Three-year License

  • Completion of a preparation program approved by the State Board of Education
  • Qualifying scores on the state required licensure assessment
  • Renewable once

Professional School Service Personnel License

Six-year License

  • Meet licensure expectations at the practitioner level
  • Renewable

License Advancement or Renewal

Practitioner School Service Personnel License

At the end of the validity period of the initial practitioner license, if the educator has not met licensure expectations, the practitioner license may be renewed once. If the educator has not met licensure expectations at the end of the second validity period, the license will become inactive.

Professional School Service Personnel License

At the end of the validity period of the professional 6 license, if the educator has met licensure expectations, the license will be renewed. If the educator has not met licensure expectations, the license will become inactive.

Continuing Education Requirement

The professional license must be renewed every ten years. All educators holding a professional license based on a master's degree or higher and who have accrued five years of endorsed area teaching experience during the ten-year validity period are not required to complete any additional requirements. Those without five years of endorsed area teaching experience during the ten-year validity period are required to earn 90 renewal points.

Resources

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

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