Delaware Speech Language Pathology Schools - DE
Speech-Language Pathologist Education in Delaware
The state of Delaware's Department of Education is currently (2010) offering incentives to those who wish to become Speech and Language Pathologists in the state. To be eligible, one must be a legal resident of the state, a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen, and a full-time graduate student in a program offered through online or campus based speech pathology schools in Delaware. Academic record, financial need, and community service are also considered when determining eligibility. The award consists of a loan for tuition, fees, and related educational expenses covering one year of study, renewable for one additional year. The loan has a forgiveness provision at a rate of two years for those who serve as a licensed speech and language pathologist in a Delaware public school, or at a rate of one year of forgiveness for those who are employed as same by a Delaware Division of Management Services contracted provider of services for infants and toddlers. Applications for this program can be found at www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/students_family/dhec/how_to_apply/financial_aid/FA_webpages/speech.shtml.
All applicants for licensure in Delaware must graduate from a CAA (Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology)-accredited graduate program in Speech and Language Pathology, and must also hold ASHA certification. You must also complete a clinical fellowship of 36 weeks, totaling 1260 hours. Candidates must also pass the national Praxis examination with a minimum score of 600.
To maintain ASHA certification, licensed Speech and Language Pathologists must complete 30 development hours of continuing education every three years. Acceptable coursework activities under the ASHA guidelines include teacher-oriented content, business management, supervisory, leadership, employer-sponsored in-services, workshops and seminars, and college and university courses. Go to www.asha.org/certification/slp_standards.htm for more information on what is required.
To maintain your Delaware license, which expires every other year, you must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Again, approved courses include things like conventions, workshops, and college and university courses. A list of state-approved continuing education courses can be found at dpr.delaware.gov/boards/speechaudio/documents/ce_courses2009.pdf.Through campus or online programs, aspiring Speech Pathologists in Wilmington, Dover and Newark, Delaware may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Bayhealth Medical Center, Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital.