A speech pathology state license in Illinois requires a candidate to meet certain criteria as well as understand the regulations for this career. SLPs in Illinois are licensed to diagnose and assist with communication disorders.1
The below information has been curated by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) based on Illinois’ rules and regulations for state licensure. Please note that requirements/information may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.
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Summary of Illinois Speech Pathology State License Requirements
For an Illinois speech pathology license, candidates must have a master’s degree in speech pathology, pass a national exam, and complete a supervised professional experience. In addition, they must complete a certain number of clinical observation hours for license verification.1
Speech Language Pathology Licensure Exemptions for Illinois
Illinois speech language pathology licensure exempts the following individuals: students, individuals certified by the Illinois State Board of Education, paraprofessionals practicing speech-language pathology services if the person is directly supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist, and a licensed individual in the state under any other act engaging in the practice for which they are licensed.1
Reciprocity for Speech Therapists in Illinois
An individual can obtain Illinois speech therapy licensure if the requirements of the other state are equivalent to those in Illinois. Licensure can also be granted if the requirements of the other state are substantially equal to the Illinois requirements.1
Interim Practice for Aspiring Speech Pathologists in Illinois
An individual licensed in another state or the District of Columbia who has applied for an Illinois speech pathology license may practice speech language pathology for 90 days from the date of application if they have their CCCs without pending disciplinary matters. Speech language pathologists must obtain a temporary license before their supervised professional experience. Speech language pathologists who have not yet finished their master’s degree may apply for a temporary license and begin the supervised professional experience without the temporary license. This temporary license lasts for 120 days from the date of application.1
Continuing Education for Speech Language Pathologists in Illinois
Maintaining your Illinois license requires 20 hours of continuing education per biennial renewal cycle.1
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