Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5 School Code. Section 14-6.04

    (105 ILCS 5/14-6.04)

    Sec. 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 Teacher Certification 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 issued by another state, territory, or possession of the United States that is comparable to the school service personnel certificate with a speech-language endorsement. 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 may obtain interim certification as established by the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board, and 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 functions.

    (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 certificate under this Code with an

    endorsement in speech-language pathology.

(Source: P.A. 93-110, eff. 7-8-03; 93-1060, eff. 12-23-04.)

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