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Speech Pathology Programs in Pennsylvania - PA

How to Become a Speech Pathologist in Pennsylvania

After completing one of the online or campus based Pennsylvania speech pathology graduate programs, graduates must follow these steps in order to obtain licensure.


  1. Complete a one-year minimum supervised professional internship.  The employer and the planned work conducted during the internship must both be approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners in Speech Language and Hearing.
  2. Take the Teacher of the Hearing Impaired Exam (#0271) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  This exam is part of the Praxis II series of test provided by the ETS.  The test will take approximately two hours to complete.  The fee for the exam is $90.  Praxis II tests are paper-based and must be taken at certain designated times.  Test takers are encouraged to register well in advanced.  There are about 50 ETS testing centers in Pennsylvania.  Most of them are located at or near university campuses.
  3. After completing the one-year supervised internship and passing the ETS exam, complete all application forms found at the Board’s website, given below.  The application fee is $20.  Applicants must provide their name, social security number, and contact information.  They must also answer several questions about any previous professional licenses held and any malpractice or criminal records.  A verification form of the one-year supervised internship must be completed by the institution at which the internship was completed.  If the applicant is currently employed in the state of Pennsylvania and wishes to continue working with that institution, an additional form must be filled out by the institution and submitted to the Board.
  4. Request that the graduate school that granted the master’s degree send an official transcript to the Board.

Alternatively, an applicant may obtain a license from the Board if he/she meets one of the following criteria:  (1) holds a current certificate by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, (2) has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology prior to February 1985 and has been employed as a speech language pathologist for at least nine months between February 19, 1982 and February 19, 1985, or (3) by reciprocity, such that the applicant already has a license from a state with equal or more stringent requirements than Pennsylvania.

All application forms and waivers must be submitted to the Board, whose contact information may be found below.

State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and Hearing
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Tel: (717) 783-1389
Fax: (717) 787-7769
Email: ST-SPEECH@state.pa.us
www.dos.state.pa.us/speech


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