Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
To be licensed by the board as a Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology intern:
- An individual must have earned a post-graduate degree in speech language pathology or audiology from a school or program determined by the board to be equivalent to those accredited by the Council on Professional Standards of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
An intern license must be issued independently in either speech-language pathology or audiology and is valid for one year. An individual licensed, as an intern must pass the PRAXIS Examination with the required score of 600 in the area appropriate to the license requested within twelve months of the issuance of the intern license. A speech-language pathology or audiology intern license may be renewed for only one additional twelve-month period and only for the purpose of completing the supervised professional employment requirement.
Please read and follow all instructions carefully. As applicant, you assume full responsibility for filing a fully completed application. The Board will not request references or verifications.
1. Fully completed and notarized application accompanied by the appropriate fee amount. (Please refer to Fee Schedule.) Incomplete applications will be returned.
2. Official Transcripts of all college work done. Transcripts must bear the seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar. Course titles must be descriptive of the course work. Transcripts must be submitted directly to the Board by the institution and must show that the degree has been awarded.
3. Verification of Supervised Clinical Experience. Written verification of the completion of 350 clock hours within the training institution or in one of its cooperating programs of supervised, direct clinical experience with individuals presenting a variety of disorders of communication must be presented.
*4. Educational Testing Service Examination Score. The minimum score is 600. If the examination has been taken, the results, in the appropriate area, must be sent directly to the Board by the Educational Testing Service. * The passing score of 600 must be achieved within twelve months of the issuance of the intern license.
Required fees must be submitted as appropriate and must be in the form of a check or money order. The Board assumes no responsibility for currency sent through the mail. All fees are non-refundable. Any check which is presented to the board as payment for any fee and which is returned unpaid may be cause for denial of a license or for imposing a sanction authorized by the practice act.
Initial Intern License Fee
Annual Intern License Fee
Upgrade of License Fee
Reinstatement Fee for renewals received one month or less after due date.
An intern license may be renewed for one twelve-month period. Intern licenses expire one year from the date of issue.
To renew an intern license an individual must:
- Pay a renewal fee as indicated in the preceding paragraph,
- Submit evidence of compliance with continuing education requirements as provided for in the paragraph following, and
- Submit evidence of having achieved the minimum score of 600 on the required examination.
A license for which a valid application for renewal is not received by the date indicated in the renewal notice is invalid and only may be reinstated upon receipt of a renewal application postmarked within one month of the date of the notice of invalidity and accompanied by the renewal license fee and the reinstatement fee. A renewal request not postmarked within one month of the date of the notice of invalidity only may be reinstated upon receipt of an application for licensure submitted under the license requirements in effect at the time the renewal request is submitted and accompanied by the annual license fee and reinstatement fee.
As a condition of license renewal, an intern must satisfactorily complete eight hours per license of approved continuing education per license period. Continuing education must be reported on forms and in the time and manner specified by the Board in regulation. Each licensee must maintain records of continuing education hours earned for a period of four years, and these records must be made available to the Director or the Director's designee upon request for audits that the Board may conduct annually.
To upgrade an intern license to an active license in either speech-language pathology or audiology, an individual must:
- Submit evidence of having achieved a passing score on the required examination if not previously submitted for license renewal, and
- Submit evidence of successful completion of the required period of supervised professional employment as detailed on the Report of Completed Internship (pdf).
- Pay the required fee for upgrade - $220
All required documents and payments must be submitted to:
South Carolina Board of Examiners in
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Post Office Box 11329
Columbia, South Carolina 29211-1329
For further information or clarification of any item, call the Board office at (803)896-4650.
It is illegal to practice Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in South Carolina without a valid license
Supervised professional employment (SPE) means direct clinical work with patients, consultations, record keeping, or any other duties relevant to a bona fide program of clinical work. It is expected, however, that a significant amount of clinical experience will be in direct clinical contact with persons who have communication disorders. Time spent in supervision of students, academic teaching, and research, as well as any administrative activity that does not deal directly with management programs of specific patients or clients will not count toward completion of the SPE.
Supervised Professional Employment Requirements
The SPE is defined as not less than nine months of full-time professional employment, whether or not for wages or other compensation. Full-time employment means a minimum of 30 clock hours or work per week. This requirement may also be met by part-time employment as follows:
1. 15 to 19 hours of work per week over a period of 18 months;
2. 20 to 24 hours of work per week over a period of 15 months; or
3. 25 to 29 hours of work per week over a period of 12 months.
In the event that part-time employment is used to fulfill a portion of the SPE, 100 percent of the minimum hour requirements for part-time work must be spent in direct professional employment as defined above.
SPE supervision must entail the personal and direct involvement of the supervisor in observations of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that will permit the SPE supervisor to monitor, improve and evaluate the intern’s performance in professional clinical employment. The supervision must include on-site observations of the intern. Other monitoring activities such as conferences with the intern, evaluation of written reports, and evaluation by professional colleagues may be executed by correspondence. The intern’s supervisor must base the total evaluation on no less than 36 monitored activities (a minimum of four hours per month). The monitoring activities must include at least 18 on-site observations (a minimum of two hours each month).
Should a supervisor suspect at any time during the SPE that an intern will not meet the requirements of this section, the supervisor must counsel the intern both orally and in writing and maintain carefully written records of all contacts and conferences in the ensuing months.
Should an intern feel that the level of supervision provided does not meet the terms of the agreement and efforts to negotiate internally are ineffective, the intern should make arrangements for a change in supervisors and contact this office immediately.
Within one month of completion of the SPE, the supervisor must conduct a formal evaluation of the intern's performance and submit the evaluation to the Board. Such evaluation must be completed on a form approved by the Board, must be signed and dated by both the intern and the supervisor, and must include a recommendation by the supervisor that in the supervisor's opinion the intern either is or is not qualified for full licensure.