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.
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.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
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