Speech Pathology Programs in Alabama - AL

Becoming a speech-language pathologist in Alabama

The Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), the licensure agency of the executive branch of the state of Alabama, provides regulatory authority for this profession. The licensure qualifications for Alabama are as follows:

Degree requirements. Regardless of where you have completed your education, to work as a speech-language pathologist in Alabama, you must have at the minimum earned a master’s degree in audiology, or the equivalent. January 1, 2007 brought a change to the licensure requirements for speech-language pathology in Alabama, increasing the standard.

  • Before 2007: Masters. Those who have earned a masters in audiology before January 1, 2007 can continue as a licensed speech-language pathologist in Alabama if they have already attained licensure before January 1, 2007 AND have kept their license up-to-date.
  • After 2007: Doctorate. Those who graduated with an audiology postgraduate degree after January 1, 2007 must have a doctoral degree in audiology from an accredited school, as well as have completed a supervised clinical practice.
Licensing process and application. There are two options to attain licensing. Option 1:
  • Complete supervised clinical practicum as part of speech language pathology graduate programs in Alabama approved by the ABESPA board
  • Complete a clinical fellowship year or fourth year internship; and
  • Pass the Educational Testing Service National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology with a score of 600 or higher.

Option 2: Submit proof of the Certificate of Clinical Competence credential from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Name, certification date, current expiration date and ASHA account number must be submitted.

To apply for licensure, mail the following:

  • A notarized copy of the licensure application for speech language pathology and audiology. The application can be downloaded at http://abespa.org/files/LicenseApp.pdf.
  • A check or money order for $200.00 payable to ABESPA
  • Any supporting documentation
  • Mail to: The Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology To either:

    400 S. Union St., Suite 397,
    Montgomery AL 36104

    or to

    P.O. Box 304760,
    Montgomery, AL 36130-4760.

Note that when submitting the licensure application form the following are required: a letter verifying that requirements prior to supervised clinical experience are complete; a notarized letter from CFY or a 4th year internship supervisor with the detailed information such as the hours worked per week, address of employment, and the supervisor’s name and license number, as well as undergraduate and graduate education transcripts.

Individuals who have attained a bachelor’s degree in communications disorders, or a similar field in speech-language pathology or audiology, may register to work in a supporting role as an assistant, under the direct supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. These individuals must have 10 hours of continuing education yearly.

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