Tennessee 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 and Speech-Language Pathologist

Practitioner School Service Personnel License

Initial Three-year License

  • Completion of a preparation program approved by the State Board of Education
  • Qualifying scores on the state required licensure assessment
  • Renewable once

Professional School Service Personnel License

Six-year License

  • Meet licensure expectations at the practitioner level
  • Renewable

License Advancement or Renewal

Practitioner School Service Personnel License

At the end of the validity period of the initial practitioner license, if the educator has not met licensure expectations, the practitioner license may be renewed once. If the educator has not met licensure expectations at the end of the second validity period, the license will become inactive.

Professional School Service Personnel License

At the end of the validity period of the professional 6 license, if the educator has met licensure expectations, the license will be renewed. If the educator has not met licensure expectations, the license will become inactive.

Continuing Education Requirement

Educators must earn a total of thirty (30) professional development points (PDPs) to advance or a total of sixty (60) PDPs to renew a teacher license including professional, professional occupational, and professional school services personnel licenses. PDPs must be approved in the state licensure system. Individuals employed by a local education agency (LEA) must have the LEA approve the accrued PDPs for advancement or renewal. At the time of advancement or renewal, if the educator is NOT employed in a Tennessee public school, appropriate documentation for all activities for which PDPs are requested must be provided to the office of educator licensing and preparation. Reasons for PDP denial include, but are not limited to: activity not related to improving educator effectiveness; activity conducted outside the validity period of the license (effective dates); activity lacks adequate documentation; or duplicate activity. At the time of advancement or renewal, if the educator is employed in a Tennessee public school, the local education agency (LEA) must retain documentation for each completed activity for which the educator is awarded PDPs.

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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