Speech Pathology Programs in Michigan - MI
How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist in Michigan
Even though it is the 8th most populist state in the country, Michigan surprisingly does not have a speech-language pathologist governing board, something that is in the process of being changed. Currently (as of January 2010), the Michigan Speech-Language Hearing Association is working with the Governor in creating a board that would hand out state licenses for those wishing to work as and SLP. Because this process will finish within the next 9 to 24 months, it is recommended that all potential speech-language pathologists in the state of Michigan follow the national guidelines as laid out by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
To reach national accreditation, a potential SLP needs a master’s degree or a post-baccalaureate equivalent in the speech-language pathologist field. An undergraduate background with the biological, physical and behavioral sciences is greatly recommended. While completing a graduate education, students should engage in 320 to 400 hours of clinical practicum.
After finishing one of the online or campus based Michigan speech pathology graduate programs, potential pathologists need to spend one year in a clinical fellowship under a licensed speech-language pathologist before taking the national accreditation exam, the Praxis II. To be nationally accredited a score of 600 or better must be achieved.
Once the state of Michigan creates its own individual state governing body, licensure through the state will be mandatory. At the moment, school based SLP’s are allowed to work based on teacher accreditation. When the new licensing rules go into effect, these SLP’s will be grandfathered into a license. They will only be allowed to work in schools unless they return to a university and receive the proper accreditation.
After the new Michigan State Board rules are in place for speech-language pathologists, all potential SLP’s will be required to follow the national accreditation process as well as the new rules the board passes. There will be fees ranging from $25 to $75 for the licensing process.