2020 Kansas Speech Pathology State License Guide

A speech pathology license in Kansas allows SLPs to assess and treat communication disorders. This guide details licensing requirements, continuing education hours and contact information for an Iowa speech pathology license. 

The below information has been curated by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) based on Kansas’ 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.1

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Summary of Kansas Speech Pathology State License Requirements

Before pursuing a Kansas speech pathology license, an individual must have a master’s degree in speech pathology or an equivalent degree. In addition, they must complete a specific amount of hours in a clinical supervised practicum. Finally, for Kansas speech pathology licensure, an individual needs to pass a national exam and complete a postgraduate professional experience.1

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Speech Pathology Initial Licensure for Kansas

According to ASHA, a candidate needs to meet the following criteria for speech pathology license verification. 

  1. Candidates must obtain a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. This institution should have standards similar to Kansas universities or have standards that are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).1
  2. Candidates must complete 400 clinical hours in a supervised practicum. At least 325 of those hours must be at the graduate level pertaining to the license being sought.1
  3. Candidates must finish nine months of professional experience during their postgraduate semesters.1
  4. Candidates must pass the National Teachers Specialty Exam.1

Speech Language Pathology Licensure Exemptions for Kansas

The following persons are exempt from Kansas speech pathology licensure: federal government employees, health care providers who work under the Kansas Healing Arts Act, supervised students and trainees and persons supervised by a licensed physician or surgeon.1

Reciprocity for Speech Therapists in Kansas

In order to be verified for Kansas speech pathology licensure, all applications will be evaluated by original license standards and any subsequent licenses with the current qualifications for Kansas. All applicants must be in good standing with no administrative or disciplinary actions pending or in effect.1

Interim Practice for Aspiring Speech Pathologists in Kansas

Applicants who have completed the education and clinical practicum may apply for a temporary license. This license is good for a 12-month period and may be renewed once. This temporary license is good for those who have not completed their supervised practice or taken the exam.1

Continuing Education for Speech Language Pathologists in Kansas

Kansas speech pathology licensure requires SLPs complete 20 hours of documented and approved continuing education per two-year renewal period. Candidates licensed in both speech-language pathology and audiology must complete 30 CE hours.1

Contact Information for SLP State Licensure in Kansas

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services – Survey, Certification, and Credentialing Commission offers information on speech pathology licenses in the state. All necessary forms and important information are listed on their website.

Kansas SLP Licensing Board Oversight

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services – Survey, Certification, and Credentialing Commission oversees all licensing and regulations for speech pathology licensure. Potential SLPs can find renewal options and continuing education hours possibilities. 

Kansas Speech Language Hearing Association

Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

148 S. Bay Country Court

Wichita, KS 67235

Contact: Susie Ternes, Executive Director

Phone: 316-202-2288 

Email: ksha@ksha.org

Kansas Regulatory Agencies

Health Occupations Credentialing

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

503 S. Kansas Avenue

Topeka, KS 66603-3404

Contact: Brenda Dreher

Phone: 785-296-6647     

Email: brenda.dreher@ks.gov

Kansas Hearing Screening Contacts

Sound Beginnings/Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220

Topeka, KS 66612-1274

Phone: 785-368-7167

Email: kdhe.SoundBeginnings@ks.gov

School Health Resources

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220

Topeka, KS 66612-1274

Phone: 785-296-1500

Kansas ASHA Network Representatives

1 The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. “Kansas Licensing Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists,” accessed December 2020.

Information Last Updated December 2020

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