Obtaining Connecticut Speech and Language Pathologist Licensure
Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.
An applicant for licensure shall meet the following requirements:
Hold a master's or doctorate degree in speech and language pathology from a program accredited, at the time of the applicant's graduation, by the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Please select this link for information regarding applicants who do not hold a master's or doctorate degree from an accredited program;
Successful completion of a Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) period in speech and language pathology:
Please select this link for information regarding approval of an SPE period to be completed in Connecticut.
An equivalent supervised professional experience completed in another state may be accepted toward meeting this requirement.
Professional work experience in another state may be substituted in lieu of the SPE requirement provided the applicant, at the time experience commenced:
Held a master's or doctorate degree in speech and language pathology and was licensed, certified or held an ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence;
Successful completion of the NTE Specialty Area Test in speech and language pathology administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey. For examinations completed prior to September 1, 2014, the passing score for Connecticut licensure on the NTE examination is a scaled score of 600. For examinations administered on and after September 1, 2014, the passing score for Connecticut licensure is a scaled score of 162. The Connecticut Department of Public Health's code number for score reports is R-7051.
The written examination requirement may be waived if the applicant holds a current ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency in speech and language pathology. All other education and experience requirements must be met for licensure.
Applicants for licensure shall arrange for the following documents to be submitted directly to this office:
A master's or doctorate transcript verifying the award of a master's or doctorate degree in speech and language pathology;
Verification of completion of the Supervised Professional Experience. Please select this link for the verification form if the SPE was completed in Connecticut. Please select this link for the verification form for an SPE completed outside of Connecticut;
If substituting work experience in lieu of the required SPE, verification of at least 9 months of full-time work experience or 18 months of part-time work experience. Please select this link for the required form;
If applicable, verification of successful completion of NTE sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS); or
Verification of Certificate in Clinical Competency, sent directly to this office from ASHA;
If applicable, verification of all licenses held, current or expired, sent directly to this office from each state. Please contact the jurisdiction prior to submission of the form as some may charge a fee for this service;
A completed application with photograph attached. Applications are only accepted online. Please select this link to apply online. The application fee is $200.
All supporting documentation should be submitted directly from the source to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Speech and Language Pathologist Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1930