Intern Upgrade to Speech-Language Pathologist License

If you do not currently hold a valid intern in speech language pathology license, please see the Out-of-State Applications for a New Speech-Language Pathology License page.

The Intern Upgrade to Speech-Language Pathologist license path requires that an applicant has first successfully obtained an intern in speech language pathology license, and requires successful completion of a 1,260 hour internship program prior to applying.


Application and Fee

To apply for an intern upgrade to speech-language pathologist license, submit a completed application form (Apply Online, or see Upgrade Intern in Speech-Language Pathology Application PDF) along with the $150 application fee (includes two-year initial license).

You will have 1 year from the date the application was submitted to complete all licensing requirements. If you have not met all licensing requirements within the 1 year period, you will be required to submit a new application and all required materials in addition to paying a new application fee.


Internship Requirements

A Report of Completed Speech-Language Pathology Internship Form (PDF) must completed by your supervisor and signed by both you and your supervisor, indicating that all requirements of the internship have been completed. The form must be submitted within 30 days of completion of the internship.

Internships must consist of 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) supervised professional experience (or its part-time equivalent of supervised professional experience) totaling a minimum of 1,260 hours. Part-time work can be completed, as long as the intern works no less than 5 hours per week. Working more than 35 hours per week will not shorten the minimum requirement of 36 weeks.

  • At least 80% of the internship week shall be spent in direct client contract (assessment / diagnosis / evaluation, screening, habilitation / rehabilitation) and activities related to client management.
  • The Internship shall be divided into three segments with no fewer than 36 clock hours of supervisory activities, including 6 hours per segment of face-to-face on-site observation of the intern’s contact with clients and 6 hours per segment of other monitoring activities.

Examination Requirements

You must provide proof of passing the national Praxis Exam. Please see the Exam Information page for more details on how to register for this exam.

A waiver of the Praxis Exam requirement may be granted to applicants who hold the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence.


Criminal History Evaluation

All new applicants must submit fingerprints for a national criminal history record review. Once your completed application is received by TDLR, instructions on how to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted will be emailed to you. If you previously submitted fingerprints for a Texas speech-language pathology assistant license or a Texas intern in speech-language pathology license, you do not need to submit fingerprints again.

Having a criminal conviction does not necessarily disqualify you from licensure. Texas allows you to have your criminal history evaluated before submitting your application and non-refundable fees. Please see Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions for further information.


Dual Licensure in Audiology

Dual licensure means that an individual is licensed to practice as both a speech-language pathologist and as an audiologist. The speech-language pathologist and audiologist licenses are separate license types, and they will each require separate applications.

Please see the How to Apply for a New Audiology License page for complete details on how to apply.