Chapter 609-3 REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE
Rule 609-3-.01 Requirements for Licensure by Examination for Speech - Language Pathology or Audiology for Applications Received Prior to January 1, 2007
In order to be eligible for licensure as a speech-language pathologist or as an Audiologist prior to January 1, 2007, the applicant must 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 or audiology, or both, from an accredited educational institution;|
|(b)||Academic Hours. The applicant should submit certified evidence of the completion of 60 semester hours of academic credit from one or more accredited colleges or universities constituting a well-integrated program that includes 12 semester hours in courses that provide fundamental information applicable to the normal development and use of speech, hearing and language and 30 semester hours in courses that provide information about, and training in, the management of speech, hearing and language disorders or that provide information supplementary to these fields. Of these 30 semester hours, no fewer than six must be in audiology for the speech-language pathologist, or in speech language pathology for the audiologist; no more than six of these 30 semester hours may be in courses that provide academic credit for clinical practice. Of these 30 semester hours, at least 24, not including credit for thesis or dissertation, must be in courses in their field in which the license is requested. Furthermore, 30 of these 60 semester hours must be in courses acceptable toward a graduate degree by the accredited or approved college or university in which these courses are taken;|
Supervised Clinical Practicum.
|(d)|| Paid Clinical Experience. In order to
meet the requirements for paid clinical experience, applicant must satisfy the
|(e)|| Application for PCE Fellow Temporary
|(f)|| Documentation of Completion of the PCE.
|(g)|| Change(s) to the PCE. The PCE Fellow
shall notify the Board within 14 calendar days of any changes in the PCE during
the approved period, including but not limited to:
|(h)||Any week in which the PCE Fellow has not worked a minimum of 30 hours shall not be counted toward the PCE. The Board may approve the changes at its discretion, and specify allowable adjustments in the PCE.|
|(i)|| Failure to Obtain a
Temporary License for the PCE.
|(j)||Examination. The applicant shall be required to pass an examination, as specified in Chapter 609-3-.06.|
Rule 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:
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.
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.
|(d)||Paid Clinical Experience/Required
The applicant shall complete a paid clinical experience/required professional experience, as specified in Board Rule 609-3-.04.
The applicant shall be required to pass an examination, as specified in Board Rules.
In order to be considered for licensure as an audiologist on or after January 1, 2007, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements.
|(a)|| For Doctoral Degree
Masters Degree applicants.
In order to meet the requirements for paid clinical experience/required professional experience, an individual must submit the required application, pay applicable fees and satisfy the following requirements:
Experience (PCE)/Required Professional Experience (RPE) Fellow.
In order to be eligible to become a Paid Clinical Fellow Experience/Required Professional Experience Fellow, the applicant must have met the academic and clinical experience requirements set out in Board Rules. The applicant must have been issued an official transcript showing degree earned and date of issue.
|(b)||Required Supervision During the
|(c)||Qualifications and Responsibilities of the PCE/RPE Supervisor.
|(d)||Application for PCE/RPE Fellow
denial/suspension/revocation of PCE/RPE.
The Board shall have the authority to refuse to grant a provisional license to, suspend or revoke a provisional license pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 43-1-19.
|(f)||Documentation of Completion of the
|(g)||Change(s) to the PCE/RPE.
|(h)||Failure to Obtain a Provisional
License for the PCE/RPE.
In order for an applicant to demonstrate recency of study the applicant must have completed a minimum of two continuing education units within two (2) years preceding the date the application is received by the Board.
|(1)||Except as provided in Board Rules, all applicants for licensure as an Audiologist shall be required to pass a Board approved national examination in Audiology.|
|(2)||Except as provided in Board Rules, all applicants for licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist shall be required to pass a Board approved national examination in Speech-Language Pathology.|
|(3)||The passing grade for the examinations shall be determined by the Board.|
|(4)||An applicant for licensure who has completed the PCE/RPE shall not be eligible for licensure until such applicant has passed a Board approved national examination and has a current license application on file with the Board.|
|(5)||The Board will not accept certification by the Georgia State Department of Education Professional Standards Commission in lieu of the Board's examination requirements.|
A person who holds a license in another jurisdiction or holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence as issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or holds certification of the American Board of Audiology, provided the applicant otherwise meets the eligibility requirements as defined in Code Section 43-44-8, may apply for a Georgia license without examination.
|(a)|| Licensure in another
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical
|(c)|| American Board of Audiology