Language, speech, and hearing services are often provided to students with special needs.  The Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Services Credential authorizes the holder to perform services as an itinerant speech clinician or speech and hearing therapist in preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.  An SLP Credential may hold an authorization in one or more of the following areas:

  • Language, Speech and Hearing authorizes the holder to conduct Language, Speech, and Hearing Assessments and provide Educational Services, provide specific learning disability area services related to speech and language, and special education services to individuals with language and speech impairments across the special education disability areas, to students from birth through age 22 in services across the continuum of program options available.
  • Audiology authorizes the holder to conduct audiologic assessments, provide instruction and management of individual and classroom amplification and assistive listening devices, central auditory processing testing, and related special education services to individuals with a primary or secondary disability of deaf or hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and a hearing loss that manifests itself in conjunction with additional disabilities including unilateral or bilateral, whether fluctuating, conductive, sensorineural, and/or auditory neuropathy, to students from birth through age 22 in services across the continuum of program options available. 
  • Special Class Authorization* authorizes the holder to provide instructional services to special need students in the area of autism and speech and language impairment who are identified through the local level special education assessment, and to conduct Educational Assessments related to students' access to the academic core curriculum and Special Education Support.

*The Special Class Authorization (SCA) is a teaching authorization that may be added to a valid SLP credential.  Holders of the SLP credential may provide speech services to a small or large group without the SCA.  The SCA is required when providing acadmic instruction, rather than speech services alone.

The Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential authorizes the holder to perform services related to audiology, orientation, and mobility.  The service may be performed at any grade level- preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

  • Audiology authorizes the holder to conduct audiologic assessments, provide instruction and management of individual and classroom amplification and assistive listening devices, central auditory processing testing, and related special education services to individuals with a primary or secondary disability of deaf or hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and a hearing loss that manifests itself in conjunction with additional disabilities including unilateral or bilateral, whether fluctuating, conductive, sensorineural, and/or auditory neuropathy, to students from birth through age 22 in services across the continuum of program options available.
  • Orientation and Mobility authorizes the holder to provide services to students who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind individuals with age-appropriate, hands-on experiences and to allow them to learn how to navigate their natural travel settings including home, school and community, become independent travelers and assist in the development of a conceptual understanding of the environment to students from birth through age 22.

Terms and Definitions Related to Special Education Services

Language, Speech, and Hearing Assessments

Assessments includes procedures, techniques, and instrumentation, both formal and informal, used to assess the speech and language status of children and the implications of speech/language disorders in a school or educational setting.  The assessment includes the screening, evaluation, and interpretation of test results and referrals for further evaluation for treatment.

Educational Services

Educational Services include the development of speech and language goals and objectives and the delivery of speech and language services as determined by an Individual Education Program (IEP), Individual Family Service Program (IFSP), and/or Individual Transition Plan (ITP) developed by the educational team that directly result from the student's speech and language disability.  The goals and objectives are driven by the specific speech and language disorder needs of the student in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.  Educational services include the use of information and strategies that measure student progress on goals, effectiveness of accommodations/modifications, and the need for any changes in speech and language support and services.  Consultation, collaboration, and speech/language academic support with teachers in the student's speech and language-based academic success is included.

Educational Assessment

Assessment of students in a comprehensive manner within the authorization of the teaching credential or added authorization using multiple sources of information and a variety of strategies that directly measure a student's performance to meet goals in areas of grade-level academic curriculum and/or functional goals designed to meet the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Individualized Family Service Program (IFSP), and/or Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) goals and objectives regarding eligibility and services that directly result from the student's disability according to state and federal accountability systems.  The assessment process may include both formal and informal assessments to evaluate students' educational instruction needs and strengths for the purpose of making accommodations, modifications, and instructional decisions.

Special Education Support

Support includes participation in the IEP, IFSP, and/or ITP process including planning and implementation of the student's IEP, Individualized Family Service Program, and/or Individualized Transition Plan; providing consultative, collaborative, and coordinating instruction with students, parents, teachers, and other community and school personnel; planning, developing, and implementing instructional program plans relative and within the authorization of the credential or added authorization.  Special Education Support does not include providing speech, language and hearing, orientation and mobility, or audiology services.

Updated September 21, 2021