How to Get a License For a Speech Pathologist In Alabama

There are close to 2000 licensed speech pathologists in Alabama. They are licensed by the Alabama Board of Examiners For Speech-Language Pathology And Audiology. The qualifications are not easy for this occupation. Applicants must have substantial education and clinical training. They also must pass a national exam.

Candidates need at least a master’s degree in speech pathology. Some equivalent degree of education might qualify. But you would have to ask the Board about that on an individual basis.

You will also need a clinical practicum that lasts at least 9 months. In addition to the practicum, a Clinical Fellowship Year is required. As long as you are with an accredited degree program, then you should have opportunities through that program to get hooked up with necessary practicums and internships.

Alabama uses the National Examination In Speech-Language Pathology to gauge candidates’ knowledge of the field before granting a license. This is administered by the Educational Testing Service, which is ETS.

The application and license fees, when combined together, were $275, in 2014. There is a separate $200 fee to register for the Clinical Fellowship Year.

Links to the license application from and Clinical Fellowship Year registration form can be found using this link:

http://abespa.alabama.gov/forms.htm

Use the following information if you need to contact the Board:

Alabama Board of Examiners For Speech-Language Pathology And Audiology
PO Box 304760
Montgomery, AL 36130

When you pass the ETS/Praxis test, you also receive ASHA certification. So as long as you have met all other requirements, then you can get certified as a speech pathologist through ASHA and also get your Alabama speech pathology license.

Use the following page on the ETS website to find out how to register for and take the Speech-Language Pathology certification exam:

https://www.ets.org/praxis/asha/requirements

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