Illinois Support Personnel Requirements

The following information includes speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel requirements in educational and other practice settings. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Speech-Language Pathology

School Setting Requirements

There are two types of support personnel used in Illinois public schools, speech-language pathology assistants licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and speech-language pathology paraprofessionals.

Speech-language pathology paraprofessionals must be approved by the State Board of Education and hold a bachelor's degree in communication disorders, or its equivalent, as well as an Illinois teaching certification. Such paraprofessionals may be implemented when an entity has exhausted all search efforts for a certified speech-language pathologist and has been unable to employ such an individual. Any entity that employs a paraprofessional under this program must continue to post the vacancy and actively search for a fully qualified speech-language pathologist. Any supervisor of such a paraprofessional must hold credentials from the state board of education as well as state licensure (IDFPR).

A full-time SLP may supervise a maximum of two paraprofessionals. The supervisor's caseload must be decreased by 15% for each paraprofessional supervised.

A school district or cooperative entity may not assign a speech-language pathologist with a professional educator license, who is not licensed under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act, to supervise any SLPA.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  • Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) must be licensed.
  • SLPAs must have good moral character and an associate's degree from a program approved by the IDFPR. A complete work history since completion of the degree program should also be included. Individuals holding a bachelor's degree and employed as an assistant on or before June 2002 will grandfathered into licensure. An individual who received, prior to June 1, 2003, an associate's degree from a speech-language pathology assistant program approved by the Illinois Community College Board is qualified to be licensed as a speech-language pathology assistant.
  • Supervisors must have at least 2 years experience in addition to the supervised professional experience and have at least 10 clock hours of training in the supervision of assistants.
  • Direct supervision is required for at least 30% of client time for the first 90 days of employment; at least 20% direct supervision after that.
  • The assistant's scope of practice is limited to supplementing the role of an SLP.
  • A full-time speech-language pathologist may supervise no more than two assistants. A part-time speech-language pathologist may supervise no more than one assistant.
  • At least 10 clock hours of continuing education is required every two years.


School Setting Requirements

Audiology support personnel are not regulated in this setting.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Audiology support personnel are not regulated by the state.


For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel in educational and other practice settings, please visit these websites:

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