Speech Pathology Programs in Arkansas - AR

Process to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas requires that those who want to practice as a speech-language pathologist within Arkansas must possess a current Arkansas license.

The Arkansas Board of Speech Language Pathology (ABESPA) licenses Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, and Audiologists.

Arkansas’s Speech-Language Pathologists licensure standards requires that an individual have a post-graduate degree, either a masters’ or doctoral degree,  in communicative disorders; certification that a clinical practicum has been completed through an accredited program; 36 weeks of supervised and paid professional work experience; and have passed a Praxis examination or have achieved the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) certification.   In Arkansas, speech language pathology graduate programs can be pursued online.

  • A complete and notarized application The form can be downloaded from the Web at http://www.abespa.com/pdf/application.pdf
  • Application fee of $100.00, which cannot be refunded. A licensure fee is $80.00
  • Copy of a current card issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • If an individual does not possess a current ASHA card, an official undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts, proof of clinical practicum hours and proof of completion of nine months of supervised professional experience must be submitted.

For additional information, a copy of the application instructions for a license can be download from the Web at http://www.abespa.com/pdf/application_full_license.pdf.

Arkansas does grant exemptions, such as for physicians or nonresidents eligible for licensure in another state and who propose to practice for no more than five (5) days per year under the supervision of a practitioner licensed in Arkansas. For more information, contact the Arkansas Board of Speech Language Pathology.  
To work in the Arkansas public schools, the requirements are: a master’s degree from an accredited speech-language pathology program, evidence that the individual has passed the Praxis speech-language pathology examination (minimum score of 600) and a teaching license.

Applications should be sent to:

Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 
101 East Capitol, Suite 211
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-9180
Fax: (501) 682-9181
Email: abespa@ipa.net

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements are ten hours for each year.

Note that speech-language pathology assistants must register with the Arkansas Board. A bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology, with a minimum of 30 percent direct and indirect documented supervision. After 90 days, 20 percent documented supervision is required, and 10 percent must be under direct supervision.

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