American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Washington 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.

Audiologist

School Audiologist (initial license is valid seven years)

  1. The candidate shall have completed all course work (except special project or thesis) for a master's degree from an ASHA-accredited program with a major in audiology. The course work must be from a college or university program accredited by ASHA.
  2. The candidate shall provide verification of successful completion of one of the following:
    • Program—Candidate trained out-of-state may present verification of a state-approved certification in the role of a school audiologist;
    • Experience—three years of experience;
    • Course—30 clock hours or three quarter hours (two semester hours) of course work approved by the state Board of Education which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the Educational Staff Associate (ESA); and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements.
  3. The candidate must have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of a regionally-accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 20330, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification.

Educational Staff Associate–School Audiologist (Continuing Certificate)

In addition to the initial license requirements, continuing licensees must have:

  1. Documented at least 180 days of full-time (or equivalent) employment in the respective role with an authorized employer (i.e., school district, educational service district, state agency, college or university) and at least 30 days of employment with the same employer
  2. Taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

Continuing Education Requirement

Once an individual has obtained a Continuing Certificate, he or she is required to complete the continuing education requirement of 150 clock hours of approved in-service or 15 quarter hours (10 semester hours) of college coursework (or a combination of both) every five years.

Emergency Certification

Limited educational staff associate certificates are currently issued only to school speech-language pathologists or audiologists or school nurses. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. In addition, the educational service district or local school district superintendent or approved private school administrator must verify: (1) that the applicant meets requirements; (2) the individual is being certificated for a limited assignment; and (3) the district/superintendent/administrator indicates the basis on which he/she has determined that the individual is competent for the assignment.

This conditional certificate may be reissued once for two years if enrolled in a master's degree program which will lead to initial ESA certification and upon completion of 60 clock hours of course work since the issuance of the most recent certificate.

Speech-Language Pathologist

School Speech-Language Pathologist (initial license is valid seven years)

  1. The candidate shall have completed all course work (except special project or thesis) for a master's degree from an ASHA-accredited program with a major in speech pathology. The course work must be from a college or university program accredited by ASHA.
  2. The candidate shall provide verification of successful completion of one of the following:
    • Program—Candidate trained out-of-state may present verification of a state-approved certification in the role of a school speech-language pathologist;
    • Experience—three years of experience;
    • Course—30 clock hours or three quarter hours (two semester hours) of course work approved by the state Board of Education which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the Educational Staff Associate (ESA); and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements.
  3. The candidate must have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of a regionally accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 20330, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification.

Educational Staff Associat–-School Speech-Language Pathologist (Continuing Certificate)

In addition to the initial license requirements, continuing licensees must have:

  1. Documented at least 180 days of full-time (or equivalent) employment in the respective role with an authorized employer (i.e., school district, educational service district, state agency, college or university) and at least 30 days of employment with the same employer
  2. Taken coursework in issues of abuse, which must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

Continuing Education Requirement

Once an individual has obtained a Continuing Certificate, he or she is required to complete the continuing education requirement of 150 clock hours of approved in-service or 15 quarter hours (10 semester hours) of college coursework (or a combination of both) every five years.

Emergency Certification

Limited educational staff associate certificates are currently issued only to school speech-language pathologists or audiologists or school nurses. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. In addition, the educational service district or local school district superintendent or approved private school administrator must verify: (1) that the applicant meets requirements; (2) the individual is being certificated for a limited assignment; and (3) the district/superintendent/administrator indicates the basis on which he/she has determined that the individual is competent for the assignment.

This conditional certificate may be reissued once for two years if enrolled in a master's degree program which will lead to initial ESA certification and upon completion of 60 clock hours of course work since the issuance of the most recent certificate.

Resources

The information contained herein was collected and summarized annually. For detailed information on teacher certification requirements, contact the state department of education and visit this website:

State Teacher Certification Requirements

 

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

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