General Information

How you apply for Speech/Language Pathology licensure in Delaware depends on whether you have completed your Clinical Fellowship (CF), whether you have received your ASHA certification and whether you hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia ). Use this table to decide how to apply.

IF you have...

AND IF you...

THEN you...

not completed your CF

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must apply for a Temporary license.

completed your CF, passed the national exam and received your ASHA certification

do not hold a current license in another jurisdiction

must apply by ASHA Certification.

hold a current license in another jurisdiction

may choose to apply by ASHA Certification or by Reciprocity. Review the sections on ASHA Certification and Reciprocity below to decide which documentation you prefer to submit.

Requirements for All Applicants

The following requirements apply to all applicants regardless of whether applying for a permanent or temporary license:

  • Enclose fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware”. If you are applying for a Temporary license, enclose the temporary license fee. Otherwise, enclose the processing fee for Speech/Language Pathology.
  • If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia ) , arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office. These verifications are required even if you previously submitted verifications in connection with an earlier application.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the form to arrange to be fingerprinted.

Additional Requirements for Applicants for Temporary Licensure

If you are applying for a Temporary license, these items are also required. The temporary license is good for one year, during which you should complete your CF and pass the national examination. The Board must approve any extension of the temporary license.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from an accredited college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • The transcript must show that that you earned at least a master's degree or its equivalent with major emphasis in speech-language pathology, communication disorders or speech-language and hearing science.
    • If the final transcript showing your degree is not yet available, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from a school official attesting to the degree that you will receive. Although the Board will review your application with only this letter, the Board office will not issue the temporary license until it receives the final transcript.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from your practicum supervisor, sent directly from the supervisor to the Board office, showing that you have completed at least 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum at the appropriate level. See Sections 2.2 and 2.5.1.3.1 of the Board's Rules and Regulations.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a signed, completed Clinical Fellowship Plan form.
    • Your clinical supervisor must be a Delaware-licensed Speech/Language Pathologist.
    • Do not begin your Clinical Fellowship until your temporary license is issued .

Additional Requirements for Applicants by ASHA Certification

If you have completed your CF, passed the national examination, and received your ASHA certification, you may apply for a permanent Speech/Language Pathology license based on ASHA certification by meeting the requirements listed below in addition to the documentation in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

  • Submit a copy of your current ASHA certification card.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official score report showing that you passed the Praxis T Speech/Language Pathology national examination, sent directly from the testing service to the Board office. If you did not order a score report for Delaware when you took the exam, click Praxis: For Test Takers: Scores to order an additional score report.

  • If you did not previously submit a transcript in connection with an application for a Delaware Temporary license, arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from an accredited college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office. The transcript must show that that you earned at least a master's degree or its equivalent with major emphasis in speech-language pathology, communication disorders or speech-language and hearing science.

  • If you did not previously submit documentation of your clinical practicum in connection with an application for a Delaware Temporary license, a rrange for the Board office to receive a letter from your practicum supervisor, sent directly from the supervisor to the Board office, showing that you have completed at least 400 clock hours at the appropriate level. See Sections 2.2 and 2.5.1.3.1 of the Board's Rules and Regulations.

Additional Requirements for Applicants by Reciprocity

If you hold a current license in another jurisdiction, you may apply for a permanent Speech/Language Pathology license based on reciprocity by meeting the requirements listed below in addition to the documentation in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

  • Submit a copy of your current ASHA certification card.

  • If you have five years of post-licensure experience in the practice of speech pathology in any jurisdiction where you hold a current license, arrange for the Board office to receive a notarized letter from your supervisor verifying your five years of experience.

  • If you do not have five years of post-licensure experience in the practice of speech pathology in any jurisdiction where you hold a current license, arrange for the Board office to receive a copy of the current laws and regulations on speech pathology licensure from each jurisdiction where you hold a current license.
    • The Board will determine whether any of the jurisdictions' licensure standards are substantially similar to those of Delaware . If any jurisdiction is substantially similar, you may be licensed by reciprocity. However, if none of the jurisdictions' standards is substantially similar to Delaware 's standards, you cannot be licensed by reciprocity.
    • If the Board determines that you cannot be licensed by reciprocity, you may submit the documentation in the Additional Requirements for Applicants by ASHA Certification section above.