California Early Intervention Requirements for Practice

The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for developing requirements for the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology to work in the early intervention setting. 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.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology


Master’s degree


State licensure issued by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.

Credentialed by the California Commission on Teaching Credentials.

  • The credential authorizes service to children birth to age 22.
  • California has a two-tier structure for this credential that consists of a sequence of requirements, which the holder is given up to two years to complete:

Agency Oversight

California Department of Developmental Services, Early Start 


For further information regarding audiologists and speech-language pathologists working in the early intervention setting, please visit this website:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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