Requirements for Providing Speech Services in a Preschool

Only licensed speech-language pathologists or applicants for licensure completing the required nine months of supervised professional experience may contract with schools or work as an employee of an agency contracting with a school to provide speech services. Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped/Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSHH/TSSLD) who are not licensed as speech-language pathologists or completing the experience requirement for licensure may not contract with a school or work for an agency that has a contract with a school to provide speech-language pathology services. The following table shows exactly what the requirements are for providing speech services in a preschool setting. The flow chart illustrates what questions to ask to determine if someone is legally providing speech services in an elementary, middle, secondary or preschool setting.

Who Type of Employment Credential Required
Person with Bachelor's degree in Speech Must be a school employee* working in that school. Must have provisional certificate as Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) or Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD)
Person with Master's degree in Speech (not licensed or pursuing licensure) Must be a school employee* working in that school. Must have provisional or permanent certificate as TSHH/TSSLD
NYS licensed speech-language pathologist
  • School employee
  • Consultant to the school (on contract)
  • Employee of agency that has contract with school
  • Consultant to agency (on contract) that has contract with school
Must have provisional or permanent certificate as TSHH/TSSLD
And
NYS license and current registration as speech-language pathologist
Person completing 9 months of supervised experience to meet requirement for NYS licensure as speech-language pathologist
  • School employee
  • Consultant to the school (on contract)
  • Employee of agency that has contract with school
  • Consultant to agency (on contract) that has contract with school
Must have provisional or permanent certificate as TSHH/TSSLD
And
Must have completed all graduate speech-language pathology program degree requirements
And
May have Form 6** issued by the NYS Education Department (SED)

*The term "employee" means that the following three conditions are met:

  1. The school withholds taxes from the paycheck
  2. The school pays Social Security tax for the teacher
  3. The teacher receives a W-2 form from the school at the end of the year

** Form 6, "Identification and Approval of Supervisory Plan for Licensure" is issued by SED once the application is filed, education is approved and the supervisory plan is approved.

Last Updated: August 26, 2010