Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 609-3-.02 - Requirements for Licensure by Examination for Speech - Language Pathology on January 1, 2007 or After

On or after January 2007, in order to be considered for licensure as a speech-language pathologist, an individual must submit the required application, pay applicable fees and satisfy the following requirements:

(a) Degree.

The applicant shall submit evidence of completion of a master's or higher degree, with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology from an accredited educational program.

(b) Academic Hours.

The applicant should submit certified evidence of the completion of 75 semester hours of academic credit from one or more accredited programs in development and disorders of basic human communication and swallowing processes across the life span, standards of ethical conduct, cultural and linguistic diversity, processes used in research, and contemporary professional issues. Thirty-six (36) of these academic hours must be earned at the graduate level from an accredited program.

(c) Supervised Clinical Practicum.
1. The applicant shall submit certified evidence of completion of 375 clock hours of directly supervised clinical practicum, and 25 clock hours of observation with cases representative of a wide spectrum of ages and communicative disorders. At least 325 of the 400 hours must be obtained at the graduate level.
2. The applicant shall submit certified evidence of direct clinical experiences in both diagnosis and treatment with children and adults. The supervised practicum must include experience in a variety of settings with client populations across the life span from culturally/linguistic diverse backgrounds and with various types and severities of communication problems and related disorders, differences, and disabilities.
3. The clinical practicum experience must be obtained within an accredited program or in one of its cooperating programs.
(d) Paid Clinical Experience/Required Professional Experience.

The applicant shall complete a paid clinical experience/required professional experience, as specified in Board Rule 609-3-.04.

(e) Examination.

The applicant shall be required to pass an examination, as specified in Board Rules.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 609-3-.02
O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-44-3, 43-44-6, 43-44-8, 43-44-10, 43-44-11.
Original Rule entitled "Examination" was filed on February 19, 1975; effective March 2, 1975. Amended: Rule repealed and a new Rule entitled "Examination Fee" adopted. Filed October 17, 1978; effective November 6, 1978. Amended: Rule repealed and a new Rule entitled "Initial Application" adopted. Filed October 30, 1986; effective November 19, 1986. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Paid Clinical Experience" adopted. F. Jun. 22, 1989; eff. July 12, 1989. Amended: F. Dec. 21, 1993; eff. Jan. 10, 1994. Amended: F. Feb. 28, 1994; eff. Mar. 20, 1994. Amended: F. Mar. 9, 1994; eff. Mar. 29, 1994. Amended: F. April 1, 1999; eff. April 21, 1999. Repealed: New Rule, same title, adopted. F. Apr. 3, 2000; eff. Apr. 23, 2000. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 2, 2005; eff. Aug. 22, 2005. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Requirements for Licensure by Examination for Speech-Language Pathology on January 1, 2007 or After" adopted. F. Mar. 15, 2007; eff. Apr. 4, 2007.

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