Qualifications For Licensure Speech-Language Pathologists

To qualify for a full license in speech-language pathology, an applicant must:

  1. Submit to fingerprinting.
  2. Hold a Master's degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology from an accredited educational institution.
  3. Have completed 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum in three different clinical settings.
  4. Have completed 36 weeks of full-time or 72 weeks of part-time supervised Required Professional Experience (RPE).
  5. Effective September 1, 2014, pass the national speech-language pathology exam administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis Series with a minimum score of 162. (Prior to September 1, 2014, the minimum passing score was 600.) The exam must not be more than five years old. You must authorize ETS to report your test score to our Board using Report Code R8544.

For further information pertaining to the national examination dates and locations or to obtain a bulletin containing the examination information, visit www.ets.org/praxis.

FIVE PATHWAYS TO LICENSURE:

Option #1

Required Professional Experience (RPE)

If you are applying for your temporary RPE license, all coursework and your clinical practicum hours must be completed.

Option #2

Equivalent Qualifications

For those with a current Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by ASHA, qualifications #2-5 are satisfied.

Option #3

Licensed in Another State

Must possess an active and current license from another state. If you also hold a current ASHA certification, you must use Option #2.

Option #4

Previously Licensed in California

Held a license in California that expired more than 5 years ago.

Option #5

Foreign Educated

Completed education in a foreign country (including Canada)