Definition are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing and their families;

Definition of Practice and Regulatory Board

 

In the state of Minnesota, the Speech Language
Pathology and Audiology Advisory Council defines the practice of Speech
Language Pathologists as; “identification,
assessment, and interpretation, diagnosis, habilitation, rehabilitation,
treatment and prevention of disorders of speech, articulation, fluency, voice,
and language, oral-pharyngeal function and related disorders, communication
disorders associated with cognition; assessing, selecting, and developing
augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in
their use; aural habilitation and rehabilitation and related counseling for
individuals who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing and their families;
enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness;
screening individuals for hearing loss or middle ear pathology for the purposes
of speech-language evaluation or for the identification of possible hearing
disorders ( https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=148.512).” The Speech Language
Pathology and Audiology Advisory Council is the regulatory board who determines
the means and pathway for credentialing.

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(http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/MN/licensure/)

 

General Requirements for Licensure

 

Minnesota requires an applicant for Speech
Language Pathology licensing to hold a Master’s or doctoral degree from an
accredited institution. In the event that finishing a doctoral program in which
a graduate degree has not been given, a candidate must present a transcript
demonstrating fruition of coursework equal to or surpassing a graduate degree
and a letter from the program executive could potentially be required. The
applicant will also have to complete the clinical experience as required by
ASHA, the American Board of Audiology (ABA), or an equivalent as determined by
the commissioner and obtain passage of the national examination in
speech-language pathology or audiology. The experience a candidate is required
to complete must include 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) experience
(or the equivalent part-time experience), totaling a minimum of 1260 hours. “Part-time
work can be completed, as long as the clinical fellow works more than 5 hours
per week. Working more than 35 hours per week will not shorten the minimum
requirement of 36 weeks. This experience must be mentored by an individual holding ASHA
certification in speech-language pathology.” Finally, the continuing education
requirements must show completion of 30 contact hours per two-year renewal
cycle. (http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/MN/licensure/)

 

Once
licensed, the license is able to obtain reciprocity. Candidates
for correspondence must give confirmation that they hold a present and
unhindered accreditation for
the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology in other areas of the
United States that have equal or greater requirements than that of the state of
Minnesota. Because of this arrangement, licensees are required to deliver a
letter to the commissioner demonstrating how they have maintained unhindered
credentials within the last five years. The same would be said for a
practitioner in the state of Minnesota, to transfer their license outside of
the state, though that is ultimately up to the state in which the practitioner
is moving. “The commissioner may issue a temporary license to an applicant who:
Is completing their clinical fellowship or doctoral externship and have met all
qualifications for licensure, have applied for licensure, and are not the
subject of a disciplinary action; or Have
provided a copy of a current ASHA CCC in speech-language pathology or audiology
or board certification in audiology by the American Board of Audiology.”

 

The
state of Minnesota follows the ASHA requirements for licensure. The cost of
graduates within 12 months of graduation is $461. If an applicant is applying
for certification beyond the 12 month time limit of graduation, the cost for
ASHA certification and membership is $511. In addition, Speech Language
Pathologists must pay $225 in annual due and to maintain certification.

 

School
Based Speech Language Pathologist

 

Initially
to obtain a Speech Language Pathology position with in a Minnesota school
district, the applicant must obtain the ASHA CCC-SLP license as a result of a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board Resolution
(PELSB). Maintaining a CCC-SLP license in schools for the state of Minnesota
differs from maintaining the minimum ASHA CCC-SLP license. To maintain
licensure in Minnesota schools, the practitioner must renew their five-year
Minnesota Speech-Language Pathologist License by completing 125 hours of
professional development approved through the local school district’s
continuing education committee. As part of the 125 professional development hours,
the Minnesota Legislature, by statute, also requires evidence of training in
positive behavioral intervention strategies, Accommodation, Modification, and
Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction, Key Warning Signs for
Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents, including a minimum of
one hour of suicide prevention, Reading Preparation, and Technology. However,
SLP’s are exempt from the Reflective Statement and English Language Learners
requirement. (https://mn.gov/pelsb/current-educators/requirements/)