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Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology - Home Page

Welcome to the home page of The State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the state board that licenses and regulates Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, including Assistants in Speech-Language Pathology, Assistants in Audiology, Interns in Speech-Language Pathology, and Interns in Audiology.

Status of transition of this program to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR):
Senate Bill 202 became effective on September 1, 2015. That bill has mandated that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and TDLR develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities”. This transition must be completed no later than August 31, 2017. 

DSHS and TDLR are currently in the process of formulating the transition plan. Once that plan is completed and agreed upon by both agencies, it will be made available to the public. The plan will include the agreed date for the transfer of regulatory authority. The current DSHS rules will remain in effect until that date.

Important information on transfer of licensing programs to TDLR

Special Message for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Veterans

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our active duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, and Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, is spreading the word to military personnel, their spouses, and veterans about licenses they may be eligible for and that may assist them in their search for work.

The Professional Licensing and Certification Unit provides regulatory oversight, including licensing and certification, for the 23 allied health occupations identified on this page. Military personnel or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training , knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. 

Military personnel , their spouses, and veterans who are interested in one of the PLCU occupations and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the contact information below or by clicking on the desired occupation for program specific contact information and a link to the program rules.

While a military service member is deployed minimum requirements for license renewal may be modified.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.

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Jurisprudence Exam

DPS-FBI Fingerprinting

DPS stresses the importance of following all directions on the enclosed FAST pass. They often find that applicants schedule an appointment but do not follow directions. If you are fingerprinted with the wrong FAST pass, you will need to be reprinted and all fees will need to be paid again. DPS is unable to refund fees if you schedule the appointment incorrectly or do not bring the board's FAST pass (see link below) and required documents with you. The criminal history from the incorrect appointment will not be released to the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

DPS Instructions on Acceptable Forms of Identification

Also, if you have been required to be fingerprinted in the past (i.e., teacher, state employee, etc.), you will still need to be fingerprinted again. The federal government does not allow sharing of data.

Link to Texas Occupations Code 401

In-State Applicant Instructions

FAST Fingerprint Pass form which you must take to your fingerprint appointment.

  1. Print out: In-State FAST Fingerprint Pass form
  2. Read the instructions at the top of the form on how to schedule an appointment
  3. Complete and sign the FAST Fingerprint Pass form
  4. Make an appointment using the website www.L1enrollment.com or by calling 1-888-467-2080.
  5. Take your completed FAST Fingerprint Pass form with you to your fingerprinting appointment.
  6. Pay $41.25 either online by credit card, or at your appointment by check or money order.
  7. After you complete steps 1-5, submit your license application or license renewal form and fee to the board (either by mail or online).

Your fingerprints will be processed by DPS and the board will receive the results within 72 hours. Do not submit your application or renewal form and fee until you have been fingerprinted. The board cannot approve your application until the fingerprinting results are received.

DPS fingerprint results received by the board are confidential and protected under state law. If your results show any criminal history that might affect your license, the board will contact you directly by mail. Please be aware that fingerprinting is a one-time requirement. You will not be asked to complete this process again in the future.

If the board staff can assist you in any way, please contact us at speech@dshs.state.tx.us.  

Out-of-State Applicant Instructions

Out of state applicants cannot electronically submit fingerprints from another states live scan terminal. Your out of state applicants will need a hard card FAST Pass. For more information MorphoTrust USA can reached at 1-888-467-2080 or they website at: www.identogo.com

  1. Print out: Out-of-State FAST Pass form
  2. Read the instructions at the top of the form on how to register your fingerprint submission to MorphoTrust USA
  3. Mail this completed FAST Pass form, along with your completed fingerprint card:

    MorphoTrust USA
    Attn: Texas Card Scan
    3051 Hollis Dr Ste 310
    Springfield, IL 62704

Please Note: If you mail your hard card FAST pass to the board; they become state property and we cannot return them to you (Texas Government Code §552.108). 

 

Continuing Education - CE Providers

The continuing education requirements are intended to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to the public by licensed speech-language pathologists, audiologists, assistants in speech-language pathology, and assistants in audiology. Continuing education credits include courses beyond the basic preparation which are designed to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement of the licensees, thus improving the speech and hearing care to the public. 

Proof of having earned at least 20 clock hours of continuing education (CE) with at least two clock hours in ethics during the two-year renewal cycle is required by each licensee. The hours must have been completed prior to the date of expiration of the license. Dual licensees must complete 30 clock hours of CEs with at least two clocks in ethics during the two-year renewal cycle.

§741.162 (c) A minimum of twenty clock hours (two CEUs) shall be required to renew a license issued for a two-year term. The holder of dual licenses, meaning both a speech-language pathology license and an audiology license, shall be required to earn 30 clock hours (three CEUs) to renew a license issued for a two-year term. Effective April 30, 2009, a license holder must complete a minimum of 2.0 clock hours (0.2 CEUs) in ethics as part of the continuing education requirement each renewal term.

The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences. The certificates, diplomas, registries, or other documentation verifying earning of continuing education hours are not to be forwarded to the board at the time of renewal unless the licensee has been selected for audit by the board. 

Please note that interns in speech-language pathology and interns in audiology do not earn CEUs during their internship. 

LIST OF APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION SPONSORS: 
All continuing education courses must be provided by one of the board approved CE sponsors: 
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 
Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) 
American Academy of Audiology (AAA) 
Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) 

Program Rules

  • Speech Board Rules, 22 TAC, Chapter 741 (Effective March 20, 2016)
  • Title 22, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 741.
  • Enabling Legislation and Board Rules

  • Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 401
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    Applications and Forms

     

    Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology Licensure Forms
    Title

    PDF File

    Assistant in Speech-Language Pathology Application Form

    PDF
    65KB

    Clinical Observation and Experience for Assistants Form PDF
    108KB
    Clinical Deficiency Plan for an Assistant PDF
    44KB
    Clinical Deficiency Plan for an Assistant Worksheet PDF
    44KB
    Position Statement for Supervising Licensed Assistants in SLP PDF
    46KB
    Supervisory Responsibility for SLP - Assistants Form

    (for initial applicants, changing supervisors, or adding supervisors)

    PDF
    36KB
    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB

     

    Assistant in Audiology Licensure Forms
    Title PDF File
    Assistant in Audiology Application Form PDF
    167KB
    Supervisory Responsibility Statement (SRS) for Audiology (AU) Assistant Form PDF
    306KB
    Report of Completed Training for an Assistant in Audiology Form

    PDF
    261KB

    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB



    Intern in Speech-Language Pathology Licensure Forms
    Title PDF File
    Intern in Speech-Language Pathology Application Form PDF
    65KB
    Intern Plan and Agreement of Supervision Form

    New Updated Form

    PDF
    47KB
    Position Statement for Supervising Licensed Interns in Speech-Language Pathology PDF
    50 KB
    Speech-Language Pathology Coursework and Clinical Experience Form PDF
    38KB
    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB

     


    Intern in Speech-Language Pathology Upgrade to Speech-Language Pathology License Forms
    Title DF
    File
    Intern Speech-Language Pathology Upgrade to Speech-Language Pathology License Application Form PDF
    64KB
    Report of Completed Internship Form 

    New Updated Form

    PDF
    31KB

     

    Temporary Certificate of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology Forms
    Title  PDF
    File  
    Temporary Certificate of Registration Application Form PDF
    63KB
    Temporary Certificate - Agreement of Supervision Form PDF
    57KB

     

    Speech-Language Pathology Application Form
    Title PDF
    File

    Speech-Language Pathology Application Form
    (Including ASHA Waiver)

    PDF
    63KB
    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB

     

    Audiology Intern Forms
    Title PDF
    File
    Intern in Audiology Application Form PDF
    64KB
    Audiology Intern Plan and Agreement of Supervision Form PDF
    89KB
    Coursework and Clinical Experience Form for Audiology Intern PDF
    56KB
    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB

     

    Upgrade From an Intern in Audiology to an Audiologist Forms
    Title PDF
    File
    Upgrade From an Intern in Audiology to an Audiologist Application Form PDF
    64KB
    Report of Completed Audiology Internship Form PDF
    83KB

     

    Audiology Application Form
    Title PDF
    File

    Audiology License Application Form
    (Including ASHA or ABA Waiver) 

    PDF
    64KB
    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB

     

    Miscellaneous Forms
    Title PDF
    File
    Alternate Supervision of an Assistant Request Plan Form PDF
    81KB
    Name Change Form PDF
    35KB
    Renewal/Late Renewal Form PDF
    31KB
    Felony/Misdemeanor Evaluation Form PDF
    37KB
    License Verification Form PDF
    34KB
    Duplicate License PDF
    33KB
    Consumer Complaints Placard PDF
    12KB
    Consumer Complaints Placard in Spanish PDF
    8KB
    Sample Supervision Log for the Licensed Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist PDF
    45KB

    Audiology SB 312 Special Renewal Application

    PDF
    195KB

     

    To access documents in Adobe Acrobat format, you must download the Acrobat Reader software. Please see the DSHS file viewing page for more information and a link to the Adobe website.

    Contact Us

    Texas State Board of Examiners of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Mail Code 1982
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin , Texas 78714-9347

    E-mail: speech@dshs.state.tx.us 
    Telephone: (512) 834-6627
    Fax: (512)834-6677

    Complaint Process

    An individual who wishes to file a complaint against a Licensed Professional Counselor may write to:

    Complaints Management and Investigative Section 
    P.O. Box 141369 
    Austin, Texas 78714-1369

    or call 1-800-942-5540 to request the appropriate form or obtain more information. This number is for complaints only. Please direct routine calls and correspondence to the phone number and address on the "Contact Us" page.

    To file a complaint, you will need to complete the Complaint and the General Release forms.  Return both forms and any additional supporting documentation to the address shown on the complaint form.

    After the completed complaint packet is returned, you will be notified by letter acknowledging that your complaint has been received.  The complaint will be reviewed to verify that the statement indicates a potential violation of law or rules.  If your complaint indicates a potential violation, you may be contacted for additional information.  Should your complaint not indicate a potential violation of law or rules, we will also notify you.

    A complaint may be filed anonymously by not providing your name and address on the form; however, please be aware that anonymous complaints may be difficult to investigate and many are closed because insufficient information is provided.  When you provide your name and address, our investigative staff will be able to contact you for additional information which may be necessary to resolve your complaint.

    In some instances, a complaint may be investigated informally by staff.  In other cases, investigations are conducted by a Texas Department of State Health Services investigator.  The complaint may be investigated by telephone, mail or personal interviews.   Information and/or documentation will be collected that is relevant to the complaint.  After the investigation is completed, the report of investigation will be forwarded to the program for appropriate action.  You may contact the board or program office at any time regarding the status of your complaint.

    Last Updated April 19, 2016

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