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105 ILCS 5/14-6.04
(105 ILCS 5/14-6.04)
Contracting for speech-language pathology services.
(a) For purposes of this Section:
"Reasonable efforts" means performing all of the following:
(1) placing at least 3 employment advertisements for
a speech-language pathologist published in the newspaper of widest distribution within the school district or cooperative;
(2) placing one employment listing in the placement
bulletin of a college or university that has a speech-language pathology curriculum that is located in the geographic area of the school district or cooperative, if any; and
(3) posting the position for speech-language
pathologist on the Illinois Association of School Administrators' job placement service for at least 30 days.
"Speech-language pathologist" means a person who:
(1) holds a master's or doctoral degree with a major
emphasis in speech-language pathology from an institution whose course of study was approved or program was accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or its predecessor; and
(2) either (i) has completed a program of study that
meets the content-area standards for speech-language pathologists approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, (ii) has completed a program in another state, territory, or possession of the United States that is comparable to an approved program of study described in item (i), or (iii) holds a certificate or license issued by another state, territory, or possession of the United States that is comparable to a Professional Educator License with a school support personnel endorsement in the area of speech-language pathologist. If the requirements described in items (i), (ii), or (iii) of this paragraph (2) have not been met, a person must provide evidence that he or she has completed at least 150 clock hours of supervised experience in speech-language pathology with students with disabilities in a school setting, including experience required by federal law or federal court order; however, a person who lacks such experience shall participate in school-based professional experience of at least 150 clock hours to meet this requirement.
"Speech-language pathology services" means the application of methods and
procedures for identifying, measuring, testing, appraising, predicting, and
modifying communication development and disorders or disabilities of speech,
language, voice, swallowing, and other speech, language, and voice-related
disorders for the purpose of counseling, consulting, and rendering services or
participating in the planning, directing, or conducting of programs that are
designed to modify communicative disorders and conditions in individuals or
groups of individuals involving speech, language, voice, and swallowing
(b) A school district or a cooperative must make reasonable efforts to
employ a speech-language pathologist. While making those reasonable efforts or
after unsuccessful reasonable efforts have been made, or both, a school
district or cooperative may contract for speech-language pathology
services with a speech-language pathologist or an entity that employs
speech-language pathologists. A speech-language pathologist who provides
speech-language pathology services pursuant to a contract must:
(1) hold a speech-language pathology license under
the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act or hold or have applied for a temporary license issued under Section 8.1 of that Act; and
(2) hold a Professional Educator License with a
special education endorsement in the area of speech-language pathologist or with a school support personnel endorsement in the area of school speech and language pathologist under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 102-894, eff. 5-20-22.)