South Carolina Speech-Language Pathologist License Reciprocity Guide - 2024

AKA: South Carolina Speech Therapist Reciprocity

Speech Pathologist Programs

by Speech Pathologist Programs Staff

Updated: March 18th, 2024

South Carolina Speech-Language Pathologist License Reciprocity Process

License reciprocity enables speech-language pathologists with an active SLP license in one US state to request a license in another without completing all the mandatory pre-licensing real estate courses. In South Carolina, speech-language pathologists who hold a license from their home state and have been granted the privilege to practice can work in the state.

The board must conduct a criminal records check to qualify for an initial compact privilege. The results must be reported to the board. The licensing board in the remote state that issues the privilege to practice must use the data system to verify the applicant’s license status and any obstacles. Applicants are responsible for the costs of criminal history background checks.

As a speech-language pathologist, you must meet certain requirements to practice in South Carolina under the Speech-Language Pathology Compact. These requirements include:

  • To qualify, you need to satisfy either of these educational requirements: Either you hold a master’s degree in SLP from an accredited program that the United States Department of Education recognizes, or you have finished an SLP program at an institution of higher education located outside the United States that has been sanctioned by the authorized accrediting body in the pertinent country.
  • The commission requires the completion of a supervised postgraduate professional experience.
  • The commission requires the completion of a supervised clinical practicum experience from an accredited educational institution.
  • Passing a national examination approved by the commission.
  • Holding an active, ¬†unconstrained license.
  • The individual must not have been convicted, found guilty, or entered into an agreed disposition for a felony related to the practice of SLP under relevant state or federal criminal law.
  • Having a valid National Practitioner Identification or SSN.
  • Other important considerations:
  • The privilege to practice speech-language pathology is derived from the home state SLP license.
  • If an SLP provides services, they must follow the state’s practice laws, provided the pathologist practices in a member state.
  • It is permissible for member states to impose a fee to issue a compact privilege.