Wisconsin 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.
- Knowledge of the Wisconsin teaching, administrator and pupil services standards
- Educational psychology, including principles and theories of learning.
- Methods and procedure in school audiology programs, including the relationship with, and content of school pupil service programs. This requirement may be met by prior experience upon the recommendation of the accredited institution.
- Alternative communication systems, including signed language systems, their implications for the social, emotional and educational development of children, and methods for effective communication with children who use them.
- At least 50 hours of supervised practicum providing audiology services in a school setting, or equivalent experience while employed as a school audiologist by a public or private school or school district.
- A master's degree in audiology from an institution accredited by ASHA.
Continuing Education Requirement
Six semester credits or a Professional Development Plan are required every five years.
Emergency Certification/Audiology Permit
A district administrator may request a one-year school audiologist permit, which authorizes the holder to be employed as a school audiologist, may be issued to a person who has a master's degree in audiology from any accredited institution and who seeks a license as a school audiologist but does not meet all the license requirements. A request for this permit must be accompanied by a written explanation detailing the search for a fully qualified individual. A permit under this subsection is valid for a period not to exceed one year, unless an earlier expiration is stated in the permit.
In order to qualify for a speech-language pathology license, an applicant shall meet all of the following:
- Master's degree in communicative disorders from an approved program in school speech-language pathology.
- Training within the undergraduate and graduate program shall include a minimum of the following:
- Speech disorders
- Language disorders
- Hearing disorders and hearing evaluation
- Hearing habilitative and rehabilitative procedures
- Professional education and training to include course work in methods and procedures in school speech-language programs and understanding and use of augmentative and nonverbal communication modes and systems
- 350 hours of supervised practicum with 100 hours in a school setting to include experiences with a wide range of communicative disorders
Continuing Education Requirement
Successful completion of a Professional Development Plan.
An emergency permit may be issued to an individual with at least a bachelor's degree in communication disorders at the request of an employing administrator. This permit may be renewed if the individual completes six semester credits toward the completion of an approved program.
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:
Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses
Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.