American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Virginia 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

  • As of July 1, 2014, the Virginia Board of Education shall no longer issue or renew licenses with an endorsement in speech-language pathology.
  • Effective July 1, 2015, in order to practice speech-language pathology in Virginia public elementary and secondary schools, an individual shall hold a valid school speech-language pathologist license issued by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Any individual who holds an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology on June 30, 2014, shall be deemed qualified to obtain a school speech-language pathologist license from the Virginia Board of Audiology Speech-Language Pathology until July 1, 2015, or the date of expiration for such person's license issued by the Virginia Board of Education, whichever is later. Any person deemed qualified to obtain a school speech-language pathology under this enactment clause shall submit an application form to the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology to obtain such license. The Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology shall issue such licenses beginning July 1, 2014, upon receipt of a completed application and provided that no grounds exist for denial.
  • SLPs practicing in the public schools must have either a VBOE or BASLP license to work between July 1 2014 and June 30, 2015. Effective July 1, 2015, school SLPs must have a BASLP license to work.

Endorsement School Speech-Language Pathology License

A speech-language pathologist may qualify for initial licensure as if the applicant meets one of the options below and submit the required documentation:

  • This initial application is for an individual who has an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology as of June 30, 2014. If an individual has ever been issued a license by the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Board), this application cannot be submitted and the Board should be contacted.
Option 1 (Graduate degree, passage of PRAXIS exam within last three years or active practice)
  • Verification of a Masters or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology from a speech-language pathology program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
  • Verification of a passing score on the qualifying examination (Praxis II) within the last three years
    or
    verification of active practice as a speech-language pathologist for at least one year of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application. Employment may be verified on the Board's optional Employment Verification Form or on letterhead;
  • Verification of all speech-language pathology licenses ever held in another jurisdiction of the U.S. or its territories and District of Columbia;
  • Verification in the form of a copy of an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology as of June 30, 2014.

Option 2 (CCC issued within six months, passage of PRAXIS exam within three years or active practice)

  • Verification of Certificate of Clinical Competence issued within the last six months prior to licensure;
  • Verification of a passing score on the qualifying examination (Praxis II) within the last three years preceding the date of application
    or
    verification of active practice as a speech-language pathologist for at least one year of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application. Employment may be verified on the Board's optional Employment Verification Form or on letterhead;
  • Verification of all speech-language pathology licenses ever held in another jurisdiction of the U.S. or its territories and District of Columbia;
  • Verification in the form of a copy of an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology as of June 30, 2014.

A licensee who has been granted a school speech-language pathology license shall practice solely in public school divisions.

Full Speech-Language Pathologist License

This initial application is for an individual who has an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology as of June 30, 2014. If an individual has ever been issued a license by the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Board), this application cannot be submitted and the Board should be contacted.

A speech-language pathologist may qualify for initial licensure as if the applicant meets one of the options below and submit the required documentation:

Option 1 (Graduate degree, passage of PRAXIS exam within last three years or active practice)

  • Verification of a Masters or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology from a speech-language pathology program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association;
  • Verification of a passing score on the qualifying examination (Praxis II) within the last three years OR verification of active practice as a speech-language pathologist for at least one year of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application. Employment may be verified on the Board's optional Employment Verification Form (found below) or on letterhead;
  • Verification of all speech-language pathology licenses ever held in another jurisdiction of the U.S. or its territories and District of Columbia. Licenses may be verified on the Board's optional Licensure Verification Form (found below). A license issued by the Virginia Board of Education does not need to be verified using this form. Do not send this form to the Virginia Department of Education; and
  • Verification in the form of a copy of an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology as of June 30, 2014.

Option 2 (CCC issued within six months, passage of PRAXIS exam within three years or active practice)

  • Verification of Certificate of Clinical Competence issued within the last six months prior to licensure;
  • Verification of a passing score on the qualifying examination (Praxis II) within the last three years preceding the date of application OR verification of active practice as a speech-language pathologist for at least one year of the past three consecutive years preceding the date of application. Employment may be verified on the Board's optional Employment Verification Form or on letterhead;
  • Verification of all speech-language pathology licenses ever held in another jurisdiction of the U.S. or its territories and District of Columbia;
  • Verification in the form of a copy of an active, renewable license issued by the Virginia Board of Education with a valid endorsement in speech-language pathology as of June 30, 2014.

A licensee who has been granted a full license may practice speech-language pathology in any private or public setting in Virginia.

Continuing Education Requirement

30 hours of CE are required in a two year period.

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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