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School Speech and Language Pathologists

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provides two options for licensure for someone to provide speech and language services to students in a Wisconsin public school.

Tier I 1-year License with stipulations

Tier II Provisional License

Tier I 1-year License with stipulations- Candidate Profile

  • Holds a valid Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) license; and
  • Has earned a master’s degree in communication disorders that prepares one to provide speech and language services in a medical setting.
  • Has not yet completed a school speech and language teacher training program.

Candidates may be eligible for the 1-year license with stipulations as a school speech and language pathologist while working in a Wisconsin public school. This license can be renewed for three school years. Eligibility beyond this timeframe requires the educator to complete either:

1) a state-approved program as a school speech and language pathologist and be eligible for endorsement; or

2) the statutory stipulations

  • minority group relations; and
  • conflict resolution;
  • teacher responsibilities, including student teaching;
  • children with disabilities; and
  • professional ethics, including mandatory reporting requirements

*Three years of successful experience serving as a school speech and language pathologist while working under the 1-year license with stipulations each year will satisfy the requirement for student teaching.

If you fit this pathway profile:

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility.
  2. PREPARE electronic copies of your valid Wisconsin DSPS license as a speech and language pathologist and your transcripts confirming your master’s degree in communication disorders.
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin license using the ELO System.

Tier II Provisional License - Candidate Profile

  • Has earned a master’s degree in communication disorders and completed an approved teacher training program as a school speech and language pathologist in Wisconsin or another state; OR
  • Has earned a master’s degree in communication disorders for clinical settings and completed the statutory requirements as required under Wis Admin Code sec. PI 34.047 (4). These requirements are; minority group relations, conflict resolution, teacher responsibilities, including student teaching, children with disabilities, and professional ethics, including mandatory reporting requirements. 

If you completed a teacher training program as a school speech and language pathologist at a Wisconsin DPI approved program:

 

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility by contacting your Wisconsin DPI-approved school speech and language pathology program. If you completed the approved program after August 31, 2004, the program should have already uploaded your endorsement in the ELO system so you can apply at any time. If you were prepared before August 31, 2004, and never applied for licensure, your Wisconsin DPI-approved program will need to provide you a completed PI-1612 Institutional Endorsement form.
  2. PREPARE electronic copies of your transcripts and PI-1612 Institutional Endorsement, if required.
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System using the transaction – T001-1020 (for those who completed their program after August 31, 2004) or the T001-1031 (for those who completed their program before August 31, 2004)

If you completed a teacher training program as a school speech and language pathologist at a program located outside Wisconsin:

 

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility by contacting your state-approved school speech and language pathology program. The program must complete the PI-1612 Institutional Endorsement form that verifies the program you completed was a teacher training program leading to school speech and language pathology license in that state.
  2. PREPARE electronic copies of your transcripts, PI-1612 Institutional Endorsement, test score report(s), valid school speech and language license from another state, and an PI-1613 Employment Verification Form.
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System using the transaction – T001-1025.

If you completed a speech and language pathology program for clinical settings and completed the statutory stipulations while working under Wisconsin Tier I licenses:

 

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility.
  2. PREPARE electronic copies of your transcripts, documentation that verifies you have met all statutory requirements and a PI-1613 Employment Verification Form that verifies at least three years of experience serving as a teacher providing speech and language services to student in a Wisconsin public school
  3. APPLY for a Wisconsin License using the ELO System using the transaction – T001-1031.

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