How to Apply for a New Speech-Language Pathology License

If you currently hold a valid intern in speech-language pathology license, please see the Intern Upgrade to Speech-Language Pathologist License page.


Application and Fee

To apply for a new speech-language pathology license, submit a completed application form (Apply Online, or see Speech-Language Pathology Application Form 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.


Educational Requirements

You must hold master's degree (or higher) with a major in one of the areas of communicative sciences or disorders to apply for a speech-language pathology license.

Transcripts

An original or certified copy of academic transcript(s) must be included with your application form. The transcript cannot be faxed. Electronic transcript(s) will be accepted if emailed to cs.speech@tdlr.texas.gov from the university’s secure site. We do not accept electronic transcripts from the applicant.

Non-Accredited Colleges or Universities

If you graduated from a college or university with a program that was not accredited by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation, an original signed letter from ASHA must be included with your application, stating the Council for Clinical Certification has accepted the coursework and clinical experience.

Master's Degree in Audiology

An applicant who possesses a master's degree with a major in audiology and is pursuing a license in speech-language pathology may apply if TDLR has an original transcript showing completion of a master's degree with a major in audiology on file and a letter from the program director or designee of the college or university stating that the individual completed enough hours to establish a graduate-level major in speech-language pathology and would meet the academic and clinical experience requirements for a license as a speech-language pathologist.


Clinical Experience Requirements

If an applicant is applying before the transcript shows a conferred degree, the applicant must submit the transcript and an Intern in Speech-Language Pathology Course Work and Clinical Experience Form. An Intern in Speech-Language Pathology Course Work and Clinical Experience Form (PDF) must be completed by the university program director or designee, which verifies the applicant has met all academic and clinical requirements for the graduate degree.


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.

Out-of-State Internships

If an internship was completed out-of-state, include a copy of the supervisor's diploma or transcript showing a master's degree in one of the areas of communicative sciences or disorders as well as a copy of the supervisor's valid license to practice in that state.

If the state where the internship was completed does not require licensure, then an original letter from ASHA will be required, stating the supervisor held the Certificate of Clinical Competence when the applicant completed the internship.


Examination Requirements

Applicants must pass both the national Praxis Exam as well as the Texas Jurisprudence Examination. Please see the Exam Information page for more details on how to register for these exams.


ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence

The department may waive the clinical experience requirements, internship requirements and the written examination requirement (Praxis Exam) for applicants who hold an ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. You will need to submit official documentation from ASHA as evidence that you meet the examination requirements.


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.