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State Teacher Credentialing Requirements

There are 21 states in which individuals must hold a state license in speech-language pathology to work in any setting, including schools. There are 11 states with comprehensive licensure, only state licensure required. In the remaining states, individuals must obtain a separate credential issued by each state's department of education to provide services in the public schools. In many cases, audiologists in public schools are contract employees and do not fall under the purview of the state department of education. State licensure is then typically required for practice.

Looking for details in each state? Visit the State-By-State pages, select a state, and find more details on teacher requirements.

Overview of School Speech-Language Pathology Requirements for Initial Employment

Comprehensive Licensure (11 States)

  1. Delaware
  2. Hawaii
  3. Kansas
  4. Maryland
  5. Michigan 
  6. Montana
  7. New Mexico
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oregon
  10. Texas
  11. Virginia

State Licensure Plus Additional Requirements (5 States)

  1. Alabama
  2. Connecticut
  3. Indiana
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Ohio

States that Allow ASHA Certification to Apply for School Based Certificate (15 States)

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Illinois
  9. Louisiana
  10. Minnesota
  11. Mississippi
  12. Nevada
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Utah
  15. Washington

Master's Degree Required for Teaching License (36 States + DC)

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Idaho
  12. Illinois
  13. Indiana
  14. Iowa
  15. Kentucky
  16. Louisiana
  17. Maine
  18. Massachusetts
  19. Minnesota
  20. Mississippi
  21. Missouri
  22. Nebraska
  23. New Hampshire
  24. New Jersey
  25. North Carolina
  26. North Dakota
  27. Ohio
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. Rhode Island
  30. South Carolina
  31. Tennessee
  32. Utah
  33. Vermont
  34. Washington
  35. West Virginia
  36. Wisconsin
  37. Wyoming 

Provisional Teaching License with a Bachelor's Degree (11 States) – Emergency and Temporary Situations

  1. Alabama
  2. Connecticut
  3. Florida
  4. Idaho
  5. Maine
  6. Mississippi
  7. Missouri
  8. New York
  9. Washington
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Wyoming

Full Teaching License with a Bachelor's Degree (1 State)

  1. Nevada

Overview of School Audiology Requirements for Initial Employment

Note: An asterisk(*) indicates states in which there are several possible routes to obtaining a department of education licensure. These states may appear in more than one category.

No Provision or Only State Licensure Required (37 States)

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia*
  8. Hawaii
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Massachusetts
  16. Michigan
  17. Minnesota
  18. Missouri
  19. Montana
  20. New Hampshire
  21. New Jersey
  22. New Mexico
  23. New York
  24. North Carolina*
  25. North Dakota
  26. Oklahoma
  27. Oregon
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. Rhode Island
  30. South Carolina
  31. South Dakota
  32. Texas
  33. Utah
  34. Vermont
  35. Virginia
  36. West Virginia
  37. Wyoming*

State Licensure Plus Additional Requirements (2 States)

  1. Nebraska
  2. Ohio

Allows ASHA Certification (4 States)

  1. Alaska
  2. Georgia*
  3. Nevada*
  4. North Carolina*

Teaching License Required, Includes Master's degree (15 States + DC)

  1. Alaska
  2. California*
  3. Colorado
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Georgia
  6. Idaho
  7. Iowa*
  8. Louisiana
  9. Mississippi
  10. Nebraska
  11. Nevada*
  12. North Carolina
  13. Ohio
  14. Tennessee*
  15. Washington
  16. Wisconsin

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