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Congratulations on making the transition from graduate school to employment! We are delighted that you have joined the SPG family, and hope that with our support you find answers to all your professional questions. Because the paperwork process can feel like you are navigating through a maze, we have provided some resources to clarify the process and to help you stay organized. Please read carefully through each agencies' requirements, so that you have a good understanding of what your responsibilities will be during this exciting transitional year! We wish you the best of luck as you embark on this year of professional growth and are confident that our supervision program will meet all of your expectations!
The ASHA Clinical Fellowship Year
The Clinical Fellowship (CF) is a transition year between being a graduate student and being an ASHA certified independent provider of speech and language services. As you proceed throughout the ASHA Clinical Fellowship Year, it is important that you have a copy of the ASHA membership and certification handbook or access to all CFY information and forms on ASHA's website.
Clinical Fellowship Requirements
• 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) experience (or the equivalent part-time experience), totaling a minimum of 1260 hours. Part-time work can be completed, as long as the CF works more than 5 hours per week. Working more than 35 hours per week will not shorten the minimum requirement of 36 weeks.
• Score of "3" or better on the core skills in the final segment of the experience, as rated by SLPCF Mentor using the Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship (SLPCF) Report and Rating Form.
The California Required Professional Experience
Individuals wishing to practice speech-language pathology or audiology in the state of California must obtain a license from the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Once you have completed the required education and clinical training, you may submit the "Required Professional Experience Temporary License Application" form, with your supervisor's signature.
To be eligible for licensure, you must submit evidence of no less than thirty-six (36) weeks of full-time experience or seventy-two (72) weeks of part-time experience. This experience is referred to as the "Required Professional Experience (RPE)". Full-time experience is defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week. Part-time experience is defined as a minimum of 15 hours per week. Consequently, 15-29 hours per week is credited as part-time according to the statutes.
For a list of specific requirements, and links to forms that must be completed prior, during, and after your RPE, visit the CA Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board website.
Visit Title 16 California Code of Regulations.
The Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential
California has a two-tier credential structure that consists of a sequence of requirements, which the holder is given up to two years to complete. The two-year preliminary credential is the first document issued after an individual meets basic credential requirements. Individuals receiving the preliminary credential are making a commitment to complete the process and obtain the clear credential. The clear credential is issued once all credential requirements have been completed. If requirements for the clear credential are not completed before the expiration of the preliminary, the holder will be unable to serve in California's public schools with that credential until those requirements are met and the document renewed.
The Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential authorizes the holder to perform speech, language and hearing services at any grade level: preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.
See the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website for more information.
** Requirements frequently change. It is the responsibility of the RPE/ CF to check the ASHA, SLPAB and CCTC websites for most current regulations and forms.