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Administrative Rule 6A-4.0176

Specialization Requirements for Certification in the Area of Speech-Language Impaired (Grades K-12)--Academic Class.

(1) Completion of the following education courses to satisfy the courses required in paragraph (2)(a) of Rule 6A-4.006, FAC.

(a) Three (3) semester hours in survey of exceptional student education, and

(b) Three (3) semester hours in school organization or general curriculum which includes the elementary and secondary instructional levels.

(2) Completion of specialization requirements by one of the following plans:

(a) Plan One. A master's or higher degree with a graduate major in speech-language pathology,

(b) Plan Two. A valid license in speech-language pathology issued pursuant to Chapter 468, Part I, Florida Statutes. Appropriate documentation to the Department shall be a letter of verification of licensure from the issuing agency,

(c) Plan Three. A valid certificate of clinical competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Appropriate documentation to the Department shall be a letter of verification from the issuing agency, or

(d) Plan Four. A master's or higher degree with a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of college credit in speech-language pathology, and three hundred (300) clock hours of supervised clinical practice to include one hundred fifty (150) clock hours at the graduate level. The supervised clinical practice shall include each of the following areas: evaluation of speech and language problems; management of language disorders in children; management of disorders of articulation, fluency, and voice; and assessment and management of auditory disorders. Appropriate documentation to the Department shall be a letter of verification from a designated official of the training institution. Thirty (30) semester hours of the minimum required college credit in speech-language pathology shall be graduate credit and shall include the following:

1. Three (3) semester hours of graduate credit in each of the following:

a. Evaluation of speech, language, and hearing disorders;

b. Management of articulation disorders;

c. Management of fluency disorders;

d. Management of voice disorders; and

e. Management of auditory disorders; and

2. Six (6) semester hours of graduate credit in management of language disorders of children.

Specific Authority 1001.02, 1012.55, 1012.56 FS. Law Implemented 1001.02, 1012.54, 1012.55, 1012.56 FS. History–New 10-3-91.

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