|(a) A license holder must complete 20 clock-hours of
continuing education during each two-year licensure period.
(b) Continuing education credit taken by a license
holder for renewal shall be acceptable if the experience falls in
one or more of the following categories and meets the requirements
of subsection (c):
(1) academic courses at a regionally accredited college
(2) in-service educational programs, training programs,
institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences, including courses
and programs provided by education service centers;
(3) instructing or presenting education programs or
activities at an academic course, in-service educational programs,
training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences
not to exceed five clock-hours each continuing education period;
(4) publishing a book or an article in a peer review
journal not to exceed five clock-hours each continuing education period;
(5) successful completion of a self-study program,
not to exceed ten clock-hours each continuing education period.
(c) Continuing education credit taken by a license
holder, shall be in one or more of the following content areas:
(1) basic language and/or learning disorders;
(2) applied multisensory practice and methodology;
(3) curricula in academic language therapy;
(4) related research in medicine, psychology, education,
or linguistics; or
(5) professional practice, including relevant laws,
rules, and ethics of practice.
(d) Continuing education experience shall be credited
(1) Completion of course work at or through an accredited
college or university, shall be credited for each semester hour on
the basis of ten clock-hours of credit for each semester hour successfully
completed for credit or audit as evidenced by a certificate of successful
completion or official transcript.
(2) Parts of programs that meet the criteria of subsection
(b)(2) or (3) shall be credited on a one-for-one basis with one clock-hour
of credit for each clock-hour spent in the continuing education experience.
(3) A clock-hour shall be 50 minutes of attendance
and participation in an acceptable continuing education experience.
(4) Continuing education programs, as described in
subsection (b)(2) and (3), must be offered or approved by the Academic
Language Therapy Association or its equivalent, as approved by the
(5) Successful completion of continuing education experience,
as described in subsection (b)(2) and (3), is evidenced by a certificate
of completion or attendance issued by the approved sponsoring organization
of the course.
(6) Successful completion of continuing education experience,
as described in subsection (b)(4), is evidenced by submission of a
copy of the publication.
(7) Successful completion of continuing education experience,
described in subsection (b)(5), is evidenced by a certificate of completion
presented by the sponsoring organization of the self-study program.
(e) The department shall employ an audit system for
continuing education reporting. The license holder shall be responsible
for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences.
The certificates, diplomas, or other documentation verifying earning
of continuing education hours, are not to be forwarded to the department
at the time of renewal unless the license holder has been selected
(f) The audit process shall be as follows.
(1) The department shall select for audit, a random
sample of license holders for each renewal month. License holders
will be notified of the continuing education audit when they receive
their renewal documentation.
(2) All license holders selected for audit shall submit
copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation satisfactory
to the department, verifying the license holder's attendance, participation
and completion of the continuing education. All documentation must
be provided at the time of renewal.
(3) Failure to timely furnish this information or providing
false information during the audit process or the renewal process
are grounds for disciplinary action against the license holder.
(4) A license holder who is selected for continuing
education audit may renew through the online renewal process. However,
the license will not be considered renewed until the required continuing
education documents are received, accepted and approved by the department.
(g) Licenses will not be renewed until continuing education
requirements have been met.
(h) A person who fails to complete continuing education
requirements for renewal may not renew the license. The person may
obtain a new license by complying with the current requirements and
procedures for obtaining a license.
(i) The department may not grant continuing education
credit to any license holder for:
(1) education incidental to the regular professional
activities of a license holder, such as learning occurring from experience
(2) professional organization activity, such as serving
on committees or councils or as an officer;
(3) any continuing education activity completed before
or after the period of time described in subsection (a); or
(4) performance of duties that are routine job duties
(j) The human trafficking prevention training course
required for license renewal under §120.26(b) may be accepted
for up to one hour of continuing education credit.