Communications Disorders and Sciences (School)

The table below indicates earning a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences degree. The master of science and master of arts programs in speech-language pathology at the University of Oregon are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association but each state/territory maintains its own requirements for licensure as a speech-language pathologist and audiologist. Please note that this table does not include an evaluation of state specific requirements beyond that of educational and curricular requirements. Laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with the state for the most up-to-date information.

State Licensure: All fifty states in the U.S. oversee and regulate the practice of speech-language pathology through licensure. Under a licensure system, states define by statute the scope of practice of a profession and provide that these tasks may be legally performed only by those who are licensed. Some states have a single license and some have a two-tiered system of interim and permanent licensure. The names and types of licenses, as well as requirements, vary from state to state. Importantly, the type of required state licensure often depends on the setting in which an SLP will work. Licensing regulations and licensing bodies differ for non-educational versus educational settings in many states.

Non-Educational Settings:  State licensing authorities, commonly referred to as “State Boards,” determine the specific educational and training requirements for SLP licensure in non-educational settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, etc.

Educational Settings:  State licensing authorities, commonly referred to as “Educational Agencies,” credential SLPs under special teacher requirements in all states except DE, HI, KS, MD, MI, MO, MT, NC, NM, OR, SD, TX, and VA. These agencies determine the specific educational and training requirements for SLP licensure in their school settings.

More information by state and territory

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Alaska Undetermined

[NOTE: Taken within the past five years: three semester (4.5 quarter) hours of approved Alaska studies, three semester (4.5 quarter) hours of multicultural education or cross-cultural communications]

Arizona Undetermined

Arkansas Undetermined

California Yes

Colorado Undetermined

Connecticut Undetermined

[NOTE: Six semester or nine quarter hours of credit / course work in: 1) Foundations of education; 2) Psychology: child, educational, developmental, adolescent, or cognitive learning; and 3) Classroom instruction and management, bilingual/bicultural education, reading, curriculum development or behavioral management. A course of study in special education comprised of not fewer than 36 clock hours, including study in understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, handicapped and gifted and talented children, and methods for identifying, planning for, and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom.]

Delaware Undetermined

Florida Undetermined

Georgia Undetermined

Hawaii Undetermined

Idaho Undetermined

Illinois Undetermined

Indiana Undetermined

Iowa Undetermined

Kansas Undetermined

Kentucky Undetermined

Louisiana Undetermined

Maine Undetermined

Maryland Undetermined

Massachusetts Undetermined

Michigan Undetermined

Minnesota Undetermined

Mississippi Undetermined

Missouri Undetermined

Montana Undetermined

Nebraska Undetermined

Nevada Undetermined

New Hampshire Undetermined

New Jersey Undetermined

New Mexico Undetermined

New York Undetermined

North Carolina Undetermined

North Dakota Undetermined

Ohio Undetermined

Oklahoma Undetermined

Oregon Yes

Pennsylvania Undetermined

Rhode Island Undetermined

South Carolina Undetermined

South Dakota Undetermined

Tennessee Undetermined

Texas Undetermined

Utah Undetermined

Vermont Undetermined

Virginia Undetermined

Washington Yes

West Virginia Undetermined

Wisconsin Undetermined

Wyoming Undetermined

District of Columbia Undetermined

American Samoa



Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Undetermined  


Virgin Islands Undetermined

Puerto Rico Undetermined