Nevada 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

Endorsement to Provide Audiological Services

To receive an endorsement to provide a program of audiological services, a person must: 

  • Complete the following required testing, if you do not hold a current, valid license from another state in this subject area:
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators;
  • Have completed 3 semester hours in a course of study regarding parental involvement and family engagement; and
  • Satisfy one of the following options:
    • Hold a valid Certificate of Clinical Competence as an audiologist issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA); or
    • Hold a master’s degree in audiology from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
    • Hold a master’s degree in any subject and have completed the following:
      • At least 300 hours of supervised clinical experience in audiology or speech-language pathology; and

At least sixty (60) semester credits in courses related to the normal development, function and use of speech and language or hearing, including, but not limited to, the management of disorders of speech or hearing and the legal, professional and ethical practices of audiology or speech-language pathology. At least twenty-four (24) credits, not including credits earned for a thesis or dissertation must have been earned in courses directly relating to audiology or speech pathology.

*A person is not required to have an endorsement issued pursuant to this section to provide audiological services to pupils who are at least 3 years of age but less than 22 years of age.

Citation: Nev. Admin. Code §391.019 [PDF]

Continuing Education Requirement

To renew your Standard or Professional Educator License, you must submit evidence of completion of six continuing education or professional development credits. Credits may be earned from any accredited postsecondary institution, or from any approved continuing education provider. These credits must have been earned after the date your most recent license was issued, and before its expiration date. Pursuant to NAC 391.075, credits used for license renewal must be:

  1. Directly related to a person’s current license, or in an area that will enhance the effectiveness of that person’s teaching; or
  2. In a subject for which shortages of personnel exist, as determined by the State Board of Education; or
  3. Part of an approved program leading to an advanced degree.

Certain other educational activities as detailed in NAC 391.075 may be used in lieu of college/university coursework or PDE. For preapproval of these activities, complete an In-Service Preapproval Request and submit it to the Office of Educator Licensure. 

Speech-Language Pathologist

Endorsement for Speech and Language Impairments

To qualify for an endorsement for speech and language impairments, a person must: 

  • Complete the following required testing (or equivalent testing administered in another state):
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators; and
    • Praxis Content Area Test. 
  • Have completed 3 semester hours in a course of study regarding parental involvement and family engagement; and
  • Satisfy one of the following options:
    • Hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) or an equivalent license from the Nevada Board of Examiners from Audiology and Speech Pathology; or
    • License or certificate issued by another state, with an endorsement to teach pupils who have speech and language impairments; or
    • Bachelor's or master's degree in the area of speech and language impairments and 8 semester hours of student teaching, a clinical practicum, equivalent field experience or one year of verifiable teaching experience with pupils who have speech and language impairments; or 
    • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree; and
      • Have completed eight semester credits of student teaching, a clinical practicum, equivalent field experience or one year of verifiable teaching experience with such pupils; an
      • Have completed 28 semester credits of course work to include each of the following areas:
        • Audiology; 
        • Assessment and treatment of disorders; 
        • Normal development of speech and language; 
        • Science of speech and voice; 
        • Phonetics; 
        • Introduction to special education; and 
        • Parental involvement in programs for pupils with disabilities.

Citation: Nev. Admin. Code §391.370 [PDF]

Continuing Education Requirement

To renew your Standard or Professional Educator License, you must submit evidence of completion of six continuing education or professional development credits. Credits may be earned from any accredited postsecondary institution, or from any approved continuing education provider. These credits must have been earned after the date your most recent license was issued, and before its expiration date. Pursuant to NAC 391.075, credits used for license renewal must be:

  1. Directly related to a person’s current license, or in an area that will enhance the effectiveness of that person’s teaching; or
  2. In a subject for which shortages of personnel exist, as determined by the State Board of Education; or
  3. Part of an approved program leading to an advanced degree.

Certain other educational activities as detailed in NAC 391.075 may be used in lieu of college/university coursework or PDE. For preapproval of these activities, complete an In-Service Preapproval Request and submit it to the Office of Educator Licensure.

Board Oversight

Nevada State Board of Education 

Resources

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

Nevada Office of Educator Licensure 

Questions regarding this document? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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