Illinois Licensing Requirements

The data shown below was gathered from state licensing boards or other regulatory organizations in charge of overseeing the speech-language pathology professions. Every year, the information is evaluated. Please be aware that laws, rules, and policies are subject to change at any time, so you should always contact your state for the most recent details.

Eligibility for licensure

  1. Certification of a master’s or doctoral degree from a program that has been recognized by the Division and includes a clinical practicum of 375 hours for speech-language pathologists.
  2. If a candidate submits a verifiable letter from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association stating that the candidate has satisfied the academic and clinical experience requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence, the Division has determined that a foreign applicant can satisfy the requirement for a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
  3. Pass the PRAXIS examination or a national examination recognized by the Department or certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Exam results must be sent directly from the testing centre to the Division.
  4. Certification of completion of the equivalent of 9 months of full-time supervised professional experience on forms issued by the Division.

Examination

● The PRAXIS examination or a national exam recognised by the Department that assesses the theory and practise of the profession is required for licensure as a licenced speech-language pathologist.
● Candidates for the exam must submit an application and payment to the specified testing agency directly.

Licensure by Endorsement

The following information must be included in an application for a license as a speech-language pathologist who has a license under the laws of another state in the United States, that shall file an application with the division on forms issued by the division. 

●Certification of a master’s or doctoral degree from a program that has been approved by the Division, on forms issued by the Division.
● Certification of completion of the equivalent of 9 months of full-time supervised professional experience on forms provided by the Division.
● The Division will accept a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association upon the Board’s recommendation.

Temporary License

● When applying for an Illinois license, a person who currently holds a licence from another state, territory, or the District of Columbia may practice speech language pathology or audiology for 90 days after the application date, or until the Department makes a decision, whichever comes first, provided they have their CCCs or an ABA certificate and there are no other disciplinary actions ongoing.
● Before beginning the supervised professional experience, speech-language pathologists must receive a temporary license. Speech-language pathologists who have not yet received their master’s degree may apply for a temporary license and start their supervised professional experience without it for 120 days after the application date or until the Department makes a decision, whichever comes first.

Continuing Education

● 20 hours of CE must be completed in order to renew a license in speech-language pathology.
● A speech-language pathologist must show evidence that during the 2-year licensing cycle for which they are currently licensed, at least one clock hour of ethical training was finished.

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