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Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist First Time
This application is for people seeking their first-tier certification for the school speech-language pathologist/audiologist role.
- Master's degree in speech-language pathology, audiology, or communication disorders from a college or university program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Must submit official transcripts showing a degree.
- If the master's degree has not yet been conferred, you may still be eligible with the completion of all required course work (except for a special project or thesis) for a master's degree with a major in speech-language pathology, audiology, or communication disorders from a program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) through an accredited college or university.
- Written, signed verification letter from the head of the speech-language pathology/audiology/communication disorders department or the registrar's office of the college or university. (The OSPI Certification Office is not authorized to perform transcript evaluations.)
- Must provide verification of one of the following:
Completion of a PESB-approved ESA course. An applicant must have completed before, or within one year after application, a 15-clock hour or 10-semester-hour course approved by the PESB, which will include many topics related to the Educational Staff Associate roles
Completion of any state's approved program leading to certification for the school speech-language pathologist/audiologist role Form 4099E
Three years of out-of-state experience in the school speech-language pathologist/audiologist role 4020F-1
- Must have successfully completed a written comprehensive exam in the coursework required for the master's degree.
- This exam shall be a proctored, written examination of an accredited institution of higher education. This can be verified using form 4099E OR, the applicant may verify one of the following approved alternatives:
|Test Name & Code||Passing Score|
|Praxis II SLP code 5331||162|
|Praxis II SLP code 5330||600|
|Praxis II SLP code 0330||600|
|Praxis II audiologist code 5343||162|
|Praxis II audiologist code 5342||170|
|Praxis II audiologist code 0340||170|
|Praxis II audiologist code 0342||170|
|Copy of American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)||in Liue of a passing score|
- Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required if a valid certificate is not already on record
PERMIT NOTE: Provided that an individual who meets all other requirements (fingerprinting, degree, license if required) but who has not yet verified of ESA course or out-of-state program completion or appropriate out-of-state experience shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one year allowing the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall verify one of the three requirements (course, program, or experience) to OSPI during the one-year period.
If you have all the necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login to: E-Certification