All licensees are required to complete 20 clock-hours of continuing education during each two-year licensure period. Each licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her completed continuing education experiences. It is recommended that each licensee keep a record of his or her completed continuing education experiences for at least 5 years. The certificates, diplomas, and/or other documentation verifying earning of continuing education hours are not to be forwarded to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) at the time of renewal unless the licensee has been randomly selected for a continuing education audit. To ensure compliance of the continuing education requirements, DSHS randomly audits licensees. If the licensee is not randomly selected for audit, only the completed Renewal Form (available on our "Applications and Forms" web page or through our online renewal system) and fee are required for submission to DSHS. If the licensee is selected for audit, the licensee must submit sufficient proof of completion of the continuing education requirements. Sufficient proof includes photocopies of continuing education certificates or diplomas that clearly show the number of completed continuing education hours.
Please visit the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) website for more information regarding continuing education opportunities. The following link will take you to the ALTA homepage. Please select the “Members” tab for continuing education information.
§140.589. Continuing Education Requirements.
(a) The purpose of this section is to establish the continuing education requirements a license holder shall meet to maintain licensure. The requirements are intended to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to the public by licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners. Continuing education experiences are programs beyond the basic education required to obtain licensure which are designed to promote and enrich knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement of the practices of licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners, thus improving dyslexia services provided to the public.
(b) Hours required for continuing education. A license holder must complete 20 clock-hours of continuing education during each two-year licensure period.
(c) Continuing education credit undertaken by a license holder for renewal shall be acceptable if the experience falls in one or more of the following categories and meets the requirements of subsection (d) of this section:
(1) academic courses at a regionally accredited college or university;
(2) in-service educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences;
(3) instructing or presenting education programs or activities at an academic course, in-service educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences not to exceed five clock-hours each continuing education period;
(4) publishing a book or an article in a peer review journal not to exceed five clock-hours each continuing education period; or
(5) successful completion of a self-study program, not to exceed ten clock-hours each continuing education period.
(d) Continuing education credit undertaken by a license holder shall be in one or more of the following content areas:
(1) basic language and/or learning disorders;
(2) applied multisensory practice and methodology;
(3) curricula in academic language therapy;
(4) related research in medicine, psychology, education, or linguistics; or
(5) professional practice, including relevant laws, rules, and ethics of practice.
(e) Continuing education experience shall be credited as follows.
(1) Completion of course work at or through an accredited college or university shall be credited for each semester hour on the basis of ten clock-hours of credit for each semester hour successfully completed for credit or audit as evidenced by a certificate of successful completion or official transcript.
(2) Parts of programs which meet the criteria of subsection (c)(2) or (3) of this section shall be credited on a one-for-one basis with one clock-hour of credit for each clock-hour spent in the continuing education experience.
(3) A clock-hour shall be 50 minutes of attendance and participation in an acceptable continuing education experience.
(4) Continuing education programs as described in subsection (c)(2) and (3) of this section must be offered or approved by the Academic Language Therapy Association.
(5) Successful completion of continuing education experiences as described in subsection (c)(2) and (3) of this section is evidenced by a certificate of completion or attendance that is issued by the approved sponsoring organization of the course.
(6) Successful completion of continuing education experiences as described in subsection (c)(4) of this section is evidenced by a submission of a copy of the publication.
(7) Successful completion of continuing education experiences described in subsection (c)(5) of this section is evidenced by a certificate of completion presented by the sponsoring organization of the self-study program.
(f) The department shall employ an audit system for continuing education reporting. The license holder shall be responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences. The certificates, diplomas, or other documentation verifying earning of continuing education hours are not to be forwarded to the department at the time of renewal unless the license holder has been selected for audit.
(g) The audit process shall be as follows.
(1) The department shall select for audit a random sample of license holders for each renewal month. License holders will be notified of the continuing education audit when they receive their renewal documentation.
(2) All license holders selected for audit will furnish documentation such as official transcripts, certificates, diplomas, an affidavit identifying the continuing education experience satisfactory to the department, or any other documentation requested by the department to verify having earned the required continuing education hours. The documentation must be provided to the department with the renewal form and payment.
(3) Failure to timely furnish this information or knowingly providing false information during the audit process or the renewal process are grounds for disciplinary action against the license holder.
(h) A license holder who has failed to complete the requirements for continuing education may be granted a 180-day extension to the continuing education period.
(1) The request for an extension of the continuing education period must be made in writing.
(2) The subsequent continuing education period shall end two years from the date the previous continuing education period expired or upon the expiration of the license, not the date of the end of the extension period.
(3) Credit earned during the extension period may only be applied to the previous continuing education period.
(4) A license may be renewed upon completion of the required continuing education within the given extension period, submission of the license renewal form, and payment of the applicable late renewal fee.
(i) A person who fails to complete continuing education requirements for renewal and fails to request an extension to the continuing education period may not renew the license. The person may obtain a new license by complying with the current requirements and procedures for obtaining a license.
(j) The department may not grant continuing education credit to any license holder for:
(1) education incidental to the regular professional activities of a license holder such as learning occurring from experience or research;
(2) professional organization activity such as serving on committees or councils or as an officer;
(3) any continuing education activity completed before or after the period of time described in subsection (b) or (h) of this section; or
(4) performance of duties that are routine job duties or requirements.
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