If you are considering employment in a state other than Washington, please visit ASHA’s state-by-state website or the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) state licensure website to begin your research on individual state requirements for Au.D employment. You should initiate your research as far in advance as possible to identify and evaluate individual state requirements, fees, and application procedures. It’s critical to first understand the credentialing requirements and costs in another state before accepting an offer of employment.

School Employment Settings

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Credentialing
Educational Staff Associates (ESA) Certification

For School Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Audiologists.

Anyone who wishes to work in schools must be credentialed by OSPI and obtain an Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certificate. Qualified applicants for an ESA certificate can typically anticipate two levels of certification during their careers in the schools:

  1. Initial ESA Certificate
  2. Continuing ESA Certificate (eligible after 180 days of full-time employment)

Initial ESA Certificate

This is the first level, regular ESA certificate that the majority of applicants receive in the role of School Audiologist. Graduating students will apply for this certificate as they near the end of their final quarter in the program or after graduation, depending on when they secure employment. To apply for the Initial ESA Certificate, applicants must complete and provide:

  1. A completed Initial ESA application, found on the OSPI website
  2. Payment of the application & processing fee.
  3. Proof of completed fingerprinting background check/clearance.
  4. Official academic transcripts as proof that you completed all required coursework for the Au.D. degree at the University of Washington.
  5. Official transcripts as proof that you took and received credit for the 30-hour course required by WAC 181-79A-223 for the Initial ESA Certification. You can either take SPHSC 550 (3 credits) in our department or a course from this list, which is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board.
  6. Proof that you have passed the national SLP Praxis Exam. OSPI cannot receive score reports directly from ETS, so you must provide a copy in your application OR provide verification from ASHA of the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A).

Continuing ESA Certificate

This is the advanced level, regular certificate available in the role of School Speech Language Pathologist. Most applicants receive this certificate after holding an Initial ESA Certificate and working in the WA schools for at least 180 days of full-time service. To apply for the Continuing ESA Certificate, applicants must provide:

  1. A completed Continuing ESA application, found on the OSPI website
  2. Payment of the application & processing fee.
  3. Proof of completed fingerprinting background check/clearance.
  4. Official academic transcripts as proof that you completed all coursework for the Au.D. degree, including receiving credit for SPHSC 550, a required 30-hour course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board.
  5. Proof that you have passed the national SLP Praxis Exam. OSPI cannot receive score reports directly from ETS, so you must provide a copy in your application OR provide verification from ASHA of the Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A).

Once a Continuing ESA is granted, audiology professionals must meet OSPI’s requirements for continuing education. OSPI requires that ESA Certification holders submit proof of a minimum of 150 clock hours and/or equivalent academic credit (15 quarter or 10 semester credit hours) over a 5 year maintenance interval.