Massachusetts 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.


State License

Applicants must meet the January 1, 2007, ASHA Standards and Implementation Procedures for a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, or Requirements for board certification from the American Board of Audiology.

Continuing Education Requirement

30 PDPs per licensure renewal period (every two years). A minimum of 15 of the total 30 PDPHours must be completed in the licensee's area of licensure.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Department of Education Initial License

  1. Master's degree in speech-language pathology from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA
  2. Eligibility for clinical fellowship
  3. Passing score on the communication and literacy skills test
  4. Completion of a clinical practicum consisting of 100 on-site hours in a public school or an approved private school setting
  5. Adherence to the ASHA Code of Ethics

Department of Education Professional License

  1. Possession of an initial license
  2. Possession and maintenance of the license to practice speech-language pathology through the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  3. Completion of the clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology
  4. Passing score on the national examination in speech-language pathology and audiology
  5. Three years of employment under the initial license

Continuing Education Requirement

  1. For state licensure, licensees in speech-language pathology are required as a condition of license renewal to complete a minimum of the equivalent of 20 Continuing Education hours per licensure renewal period (every two years). A minimum of ten of the total 20 Continuing Education hours must be completed in the licensee's area of licensure.
  2. For Department of Education licensure, individual professional development plans must include 150 professional development points (PDPs) every five years including at least 15 PDPs related to SEI or English as a Second Lanugage, 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles, 15 PDPs in the content area of the license and 15 PDPs in pedagogy.  One clock hour = one point.


For further information on laws and regulations for school based speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit these websites:

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