A speech pathology state license in Kentucky requires candidates to have a master’s degree in order to assess, diagnose and treat communication disorders.1 This guide details licensing requirements for any individual who seeks an SLP license in this state.
The below information has been curated by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) based on Kentucky’s 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 Kentucky Speech Pathology State License Requirements
Kentucky speech pathology licensure requires a master’s degree in speech pathology as well as certain clinical observation hours to be met. A Kentucky speech pathology license also requires a full-time postgraduate professional experience and passage of the Praxis exam before license verification can be met.1
Candidates must complete a nine-month postgraduate professional experience.1
Candidates must pass the Praxis exam prior to licensure application.1
Speech Language Pathology Licensure Exemptions for Kentucky
The following individuals are exempt from Kentucky speech pathology licensure: federal government employees, interns or trainees and speech pathologists from another state that meet Kentucky qualifications and requirements. These SLPs can be unlicensed and perform services for up to five days.1
Reciprocity for Speech Therapists in Kentucky
Kentucky speech pathology licensure allows for reciprocity to licensees from another state for with a letter of good standing, national certificate or a passing score on the national exam. They must also have a master’s degree in communication disorders.1
Interim Practice for Aspiring Speech Pathologists in Kentucky
Applicants for an interim Kentucky speech pathology license must meet the citizenship requirements and have a master’s degree from an accredited program. A written plan for the postgraduate professional experience must be submitted with the application for interim licensure. Individuals with interim licenses must pass the Praxis exam within 24 months.1
Continuing Education for Speech Language Pathologists in Kentucky
Maintaining your Kentucky speech pathology license requires the completion of continuing education hours; 30 CE hours are required each biennial renewal period. If an individual holds a dual license, they must complete 50 CE hours. Two of the hours must be in ethics. Carryover hours are no longer allowed in Kentucky.1
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