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Speech / Language Pathology Licensure



General Information

How you apply for Speech/Language Pathology licensure in Delaware depends on whether you:

  • need to complete your Clinical Fellowship (CF) for CCC-SLP Certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), or
  • hold a current CCC-SLP ASHA certification , or
  • do not hold a current CCC-SLP ASHA certification but hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia ).

The application asks you to choose the type license you’re applying for.

IF you… AND IF you hold… THEN you must apply…
hold current CCC-SLP ASHA certification by ASHA Certification.
have not completed your CF for a Temporary license to complete your CF.
have completed your CF but do not hold current CCC-SLP ASHA certification a current license in another jurisdiction by Reciprocity.

Requirements for All Applicants

The following requirements apply to all applicants regardless of whether applying for a permanent or temporary license:

  • Enclose the non-refundable fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” If you are applying for a Temporary license, enclose the temporary license fee. Otherwise, enclose the processing fee for Speech/Language Pathology.
  • If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office. These verifications are required even if you previously submitted verifications in connection with an earlier application.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement.
    The Privacy Act of 1974, Section 7, requires the following information to be given to all applicants: Applicants for any Delaware professional or occupational license, permit, registration or certificate (other than Gaming permits) are required to provide a U.S. SSN (29 Del. C. §8735(m)). The Division of Professional Regulation uses the SSN primarily to verify identity and safeguard personal information. It may also be used to enforce child support obligation (13 Del. C. §2216) and for other lawful purposes

Additional Requirements for Applicants for Temporary Licensure

If you are applying for a Temporary license, these items are also required. The temporary license is good for one year, during which you should complete your CF and pass the national examination. The Board must approve any extension of the temporary license.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from an accredited college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • The transcript must show that that you earned at least a master’s degree or its equivalent with major emphasis in speech-language pathology, communication disorders or speech-language and hearing science.
    • If the final transcript showing your degree is not yet available, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from a school official attesting to the degree that you will receive. Although the Board will review your application with only this letter, the Board office will not issue the temporary license until it receives the final transcript.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from your practicum supervisor, sent directly from the supervisor to the Board office, showing that you have completed at least 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum at the appropriate level. See Sections 2.2 and 2.5.1.3.1 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a signed, completed Clinical Fellowship Plan form.
    • Your clinical supervisor must be a Delaware-licensed Speech/Language Pathologist.
    • Do not begin your Clinical Fellowship until your temporary license is issued.

Additional Requirements for Applicants Who Hold CCC-SLP ASHA Certification

If you hold current ASHA certification, you may apply for a license based on ASHA certification. This item is required in addition to the documentation in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

  • Submit a copy of your current ASHA certification card.

Additional Requirements for Applicants by Reciprocity

If you hold a current license in another jurisdiction, you may apply for a license based on Reciprocity. Use the following table to decide what items are required in addition to those in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

Note: If you hold current ASHA certification, apply by ASHA Certification rather than Reciprocity even if you hold a current license in another jurisdiction.

IF you hold a current license in… AND IF you… THEN submit…
at least one of these jurisdictions: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming verification of licensure from each jurisdiction.
a jurisdiction not listed above have practiced at least five years in that one jurisdiction a notarized letter from your supervisor at each employer where you practiced in that jurisdiction. The letters must verify a total of at least five years of practice.
have not practiced at least five years in that one jurisdiction copies of the laws and regulations for each jurisdiction where you hold a current license.
  • If you hold a current license in one of the jurisdictions listed above, the Board has already determined that jurisdiction’s licensure requirements are substantially similar to those of Delaware.
  • If you hold a current license in a jurisdiction not listed above, the Board will determine whether any of the jurisdictions’ licensure standards are substantially similar to those of Delaware. If any jurisdiction is substantially similar, you may be licensed by Reciprocity. However, if none of the jurisdictions’ standards is substantially similar to Delaware’s standards, you cannot be licensed by reciprocity.

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