Illinois 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 public schools are contract employees and do not fall under specific teacher requirements of the State Department of Education. State licensure, issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), is typically required for practice in the schools. Contact the board for additional information. 

Speech-Language Pathologist

Professional Educator License (PEL) School Support Personnel Endorsements - Speech Language Pathologist (Non-Teaching Pre-K to Age 21)

  • A master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Completion of a preparation program in the field of specialization
  • Internship or equivalent experience—150 hours of supervised, school-based professional experience
  • Completion of coursework in addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, content area reading, and methods of teaching English learners. 
  • Licensure tests, including Speech-Language Pathologist (non-teaching) (154)
  • Speech-language pathology license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA. 

Note: Check with your local district, some require the CCC.

PEL Teaching Endorsements - Special Pre-K to Age 21 Special Education Speech Language Pathologist (Teaching)

  • A master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Completion of a preparation program in the field of specialization
  • Internship or equivalent experience—150 hours of supervised, school-based professional experience
  • Completion of coursework addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, content area reading, and methods of teaching English language learner
  • Licensure tests, including Speech-Language Pathologist (Teaching) (153) 
  • Speech-language pathology license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation or a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA 

Note: Check with your local district, some require the CCC.

Continuing Education

PEL School Support Personnel Endorsements

Continuing education requirements are fulfilled by meeting ASHA CCC's or IDFPR requirements.

PEL Teaching Endorsements

Continuing education requirements are the same as for classroom teachers (40–120 professional development hours per 5 year cycle).

Note: Not all continuing education credits for speech pathology are accepted by Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for fulfilling PEL Teacher requirements.

Board Oversight

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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