Definition of Practice and Regulatory Board In the state of Minnesota, the Speech LanguagePathology and Audiology Advisory Council defines the practice of SpeechLanguage Pathologists as; “identification,assessment, and interpretation, diagnosis, habilitation, rehabilitation,treatment and prevention of disorders of speech, articulation, fluency, voice,and language, oral-pharyngeal function and related disorders, communicationdisorders associated with cognition; assessing, selecting, and developingaugmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training intheir use; aural habilitation and rehabilitation and related counseling forindividuals who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing and their families;enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness;screening individuals for hearing loss or middle ear pathology for the purposesof speech-language evaluation or for the identification of possible hearingdisorders ( https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=148.512).
” The Speech LanguagePathology and Audiology Advisory Council is the regulatory board who determinesthe means and pathway for credentialing.(http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/MN/licensure/) General Requirements for Licensure Minnesota requires an applicant for SpeechLanguage Pathology licensing to hold a Master’s or doctoral degree from anaccredited institution.
In the event that finishing a doctoral program in whicha graduate degree has not been given, a candidate must present a transcriptdemonstrating fruition of coursework equal to or surpassing a graduate degreeand a letter from the program executive could potentially be required. Theapplicant will also have to complete the clinical experience as required byASHA, the American Board of Audiology (ABA), or an equivalent as determined bythe commissioner and obtain passage of the national examination inspeech-language pathology or audiology. The experience a candidate is requiredto complete must include 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) experience(or the equivalent part-time experience), totaling a minimum of 1260 hours. “Part-timework can be completed, as long as the clinical fellow works more than 5 hoursper week. Working more than 35 hours per week will not shorten the minimumrequirement of 36 weeks.
This experience must be mentored by an individual holding ASHAcertification in speech-language pathology.” Finally, the continuing educationrequirements must show completion of 30 contact hours per two-year renewalcycle. (http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/info/MN/licensure/) Oncelicensed, the license is able to obtain reciprocity.
Candidatesfor correspondence must give confirmation that they hold a present andunhindered accreditation forthe practice of speech-language pathology or audiology in other areas of theUnited States that have equal or greater requirements than that of the state ofMinnesota. Because of this arrangement, licensees are required to deliver aletter to the commissioner demonstrating how they have maintained unhinderedcredentials within the last five years. The same would be said for apractitioner in the state of Minnesota, to transfer their license outside ofthe state, though that is ultimately up to the state in which the practitioneris moving. “The commissioner may issue a temporary license to an applicant who:Is completing their clinical fellowship or doctoral externship and have met allqualifications for licensure, have applied for licensure, and are not thesubject of a disciplinary action; or Haveprovided a copy of a current ASHA CCC in speech-language pathology or audiologyor board certification in audiology by the American Board of Audiology.
” Thestate of Minnesota follows the ASHA requirements for licensure. The cost ofgraduates within 12 months of graduation is $461. If an applicant is applyingfor certification beyond the 12 month time limit of graduation, the cost forASHA certification and membership is $511.
In addition, Speech LanguagePathologists must pay $225 in annual due and to maintain certification. SchoolBased Speech Language Pathologist Initiallyto obtain a Speech Language Pathology position with in a Minnesota schooldistrict, the applicant must obtain the ASHA CCC-SLP license as a result of a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board Resolution(PELSB). Maintaining a CCC-SLP license in schools for the state of Minnesotadiffers from maintaining the minimum ASHA CCC-SLP license. To maintainlicensure in Minnesota schools, the practitioner must renew their five-yearMinnesota Speech-Language Pathologist License by completing 125 hours ofprofessional development approved through the local school district’scontinuing education committee. As part of the 125 professional development hours,the Minnesota Legislature, by statute, also requires evidence of training inpositive behavioral intervention strategies, Accommodation, Modification, andAdaptation of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction, Key Warning Signs forEarly-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents, including a minimum ofone hour of suicide prevention, Reading Preparation, and Technology. However,SLP’s are exempt from the Reflective Statement and English Language Learnersrequirement.