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.
Note: Changes and additions were made to licensure requirements and processes as part of the 2015 state budget (2015 Act 55). The Wisconsin Department of Instruction is working to understand the changes and create new procedures to implement the legislation. New information will be posted on the DPI website and on the Teacher Education, Professional Development, and Licensing (TEPDL) blog.
The state superintendent may issue a school audiologist license to an applicant who meets one of the following requirements:
Wisconsin State Legislature. PI 34.090 School audiologist, 5-year renewable license. [Admin. Code PI §34.090]
One of the following requirements:
A district administrator may request a one-year school audiologist permit, which authorizes the holder to be employed as a school audiologist, may be issued to a person who has a master's degree in audiology from any accredited institution and who seeks a license as a school audiologist but does not meet all the license requirements. A request for this permit must be accompanied by a written explanation detailing the search for a fully qualified individual. A permit under this subsection is valid for a period not to exceed one year, unless an earlier expiration is stated in the permit.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides two options for licensure for someone to provide speech and language services to students in a Wisconsin public school.
Tier I 1-year License:
These candidates may be eligible for the 1-year license with stipulations as a school speech and language pathologist. This license is renewable for a maximum of three school years during which time the candidate must complete:
Tier II Provisional License:
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Guidance for License for School Speech and Language Pathologists:
Wisconsin State Legislature. PI 34.047 Prekindergarten through grade 12. [Admin. Code PI §34.047(3)(m)]
Successful completion of a Professional Development Plan.
An emergency permit may be issued to an individual with at least a bachelor's degree in communication disorders at the request of an employing administrator. This permit may be renewed if the individual completes six semester credits toward the completion of an approved program.
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.