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Standard Requirements for all Colorado Initial Special Services Licenses

An Initial Special Services License may be issued in the endorsement areas listed below to an applicant who:

  • Holds a bachelor's or higher degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Has completed an approved special services preparation program at an accepted, regionally accredited institution of higher education, including required supervised internship, practicum, and/or field experience.
  • Has provided an approved program verification form.
  • Has submitted a complete application for licensure, including official transcripts, associated fees, and other supporting documentation.

 

Additional requirements per special services license:

School Audiologist (Ages 0-21)

  • AuD or PhD in School Audiology
  • Completion of an approved program in School Audiology
  • Practicum or internship in a school setting, equivalent to a minimum of 8 weeks full time (320 hours) under the supervision of a professionally-licensed or master's level licensed audiologist
  • Passage of the national audiology exam (Praxis II Audiology): Praxis II 0342 or 5342. Passing Score: 170

School Counselor (Ages 0-21)

  • Master's Degree or higher in School Counseling as defined by accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling or Related Educational Programs
  • Minimum of 100 clock hour practicum
  • Minimum of 600 clock hour internship, with multiple grade levels of students under the supervision of a licensed school counselor
  • Passing of the Colorado state approved content exam: PLACE #41. Passing Score: 220.

School Nurse (Ages 0-21)

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Must hold a license to practice professional nursing in Colorado pursuant to the provisions of the Colorado Nurse Practice Act or hold a license in another state and is practicing in Colorado pursuant to the nurse licensing compact
  • Successful completion of field experiences and a supervised practicum as prescribed by the preparing institution, including experiences with school-age children in a community health/public health or school setting.

School Occupational Therapist

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Successful completion of an American Occupational Therapy Association-accredited college or university program in occupational therapy
  • Successful completion of a practicum or internship as required by the school of occupational therapy attended, which may be held in a variety of settings
  • Must hold a valid occupational therapy license issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Passing of the occupational therapy national registration examination administered by the national board for certification in occupational therapy. NBCOT

School Orientation & Mobility Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Completion of approved preparation program for school orientation and mobility specialists
  • Completion of practicum or internship, which must be in a school setting and equivalent to a minimum of 320 hours, full-time, under the supervision of an Academy of Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) licensed orientation and mobility specialist.
  • Passing of the ACVREP exam: ACVREP
  • Hold a current and valid ACVREP orientation and mobility certificate.

School Physical Therapist

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Successful completion of American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on the Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education- accredited physical therapy program
  • Successful completion of practicum or internship, as required by the physical therapy program attended
  • Must hold a valid Colorado Physical Therapist License issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)

School Psychologist

  • Successful completion of an approved specialist-level program with a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours or a doctoral program for the preparation of school psychologists, serving children/students ages birth-21 at an accepted institution of higher education
  • Passing of the national school psychology exam: National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certification or Praxis II 5402. Passing Score: 147.
  • Successful completion of practicum consisting of a sequence of closely supervised on-campus or field-based activities, designed to develop and evaluate a candidate’s mastery of distinct professional skills, consistent with program and/or course goals
  • Successful completion of internship consisting of a full-time experience over one year, or half-time over two years with a minimum of 1200 clock hours, of which 600 must be in a school setting
  • The internship may include, beyond the 600 hours in the school setting, other acceptable internship experiences, including in private, state- approved educational programs or in other appropriate mental health or education-related programs.
  • May hold a valid NCSP credential, issued by the national school psychology certification board.

School Social Worker

  • Master’s degree or higher in social work from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Documented evidence of completion of coursework in the areas of school and special education law, including content covering Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the development of behavior intervention plans
  • Successful completion of Colorado-approved content exam: Colorado Assessment for Licensed Clinical Social Workers or PLACE 47. Passing Score: 220.
  • Successful completion of a supervised 900 clock-hour practicum in the field of social work which shall have been completed in a school, social service agency, mental health clinic or facility and/or hospital setting
  • Successful completion of at least one field experience with school age children/students

School Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master’s degree or higher in communication disorders or speech-language pathology from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Successful completion of a speech-language pathology program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in audiology and speech-language pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Practicum or internship, with children and students ages birth-21 in a school setting, equivalent to 8 weeks full-time (320 hours) under the supervision of a professionally licensed SLP
  • Successfully passed a state approved SLP specialty area test: ASHA certification or Praxis II 5331. Passing Score: 162.

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