Speech Pathology Programs in Illinois - IL

How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist in Illinois

Upon completion of Illinois speech pathology graduate programs, the next step is to take the national certification examination, (the Praxis Exam) which is developed by the ASHA and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  In Illinois, a passing score on this examination is required prior to submitting a licensure application.  The ETS website (www.ets.org) can guide you through the steps required to register for and take this paper based exam.  Supporting materials and fees (registration fee is $50 and the exam fee is $80) are required submissions when scheduling your examination. 

After successful completion of the above exam, it is then necessary to apply for certification through the ASHA.  This professional certification establishes that you hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Language Pathology and will allow you to utilize the credential of CCC-SLP.  While certification is not required in all states, it is expected in Illinois and you will not be able to obtain licensure status without holding this certification.  Visit the ASHA website (www.asha.org) for an application and further information. 

The final step in the process to becoming a speech language pathologist in Illinois is applying for state licensure.  Licensure is regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (www.idfpr.com) and the process involves an application, supporting documentation (including Praxis exam scores, proof of certification through ASHA, and educational transcripts) and the necessary fee ($90 if applying as a new graduate, $100 if applying via endorsement from another state).  Once you have received this license, you may then seek employment in Illinois. 

Continuing Education for Speech Language Pathologists

In order to renew a speech language pathologist license in Illinois, you must comply with the continuing education requirement and obtain a minimum of ten (10) continuing education hours every two years.  This is reported on your renewal form and will serve as validation that you have achieved this requirement.  Random audits are conducted so it is important to maintain documentation of your attendance and completion of courses, publications, and certifications should you be asked to submit proof.    The IDFPR website (www.idfpr.com) provides detailed explanations regarding accepted events that can be submitted for continuing education. 

Step by Step:

  • Attend a four year college or university and major in communication disorders or speech language pathology (if available) or major in liberal arts and focus on science classes
  • Select 1 of 11 graduate programs in Illinois and pursue either a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree in speech language pathology
  • Determine if you wish to pursue a doctorate degree, the type (clinical vs. research) and where you wish to go
  • After completing your degrees, apply for the Praxis Exam to achieve national certification
  • Apply for membership and certification through the ASHA
  • Contact the IDFPR and submit your application, supporting documentation, and necessary fees for an Illinois speech language pathologist license
  • Adhere to the standards of professional practice as regulated by the state of IL and the ASHA and maintain continuing education hours to remain in good licensure standing

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