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Subject: Speech Implementer Model
Source: Janet Hoskins, Assistant Director, Compliance and Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, and Principals

Date: April 17, 2007

As public agencies enter the spring hiring season, the Division of Special Education is providing this reminder regarding the hiring of speech implementers.

Prior to requesting approval for the use of the Speech Implementer Model during a given school year, the agency must advertise/request and attempt to hire a certificated speech language pathologist to fill the position. This recruitment must be conducted annually, and documentation of recruiting efforts must be maintained on file in the agency.

The Speech Implementer Model requires a supervising speech language pathologist with a valid Missouri Teaching Certificate or a license from the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.

Under the new state regulations, anticipated to be effective shortly, the individual hired as the implementer must hold a Missouri teaching certificate or a BS in Communication Disorders and a Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Certification Section. No exceptions to this requirement will be granted.

Written request to use the model is made to the Compliance Section, Division of Special Education. The request must be made using the Speech Implementer Model Approval Application, which can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/MOSample_Forms/Index.html. The application must be signed by the public agency's superintendent.  Permission to use the model is granted based on the qualifications of the speech implementer and individual designated to serve as the supervising pathologist as well as the agency's inability to hire a qualified speech pathologist after significant effort to do so.

More information about the speech implementer model can be found at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/Compliance/Guidance/speechimp.html.

A Resource for Recruitment: DESE has been made aware of a website called Speech Jobs in Schools whose purpose is to advertise the availability of positions for school-based Speech-Language Pathologists.  This is just one resource your agency may want to consider if you are having difficulty locating a qualified speech language pathologist. The link to this site is http://www.speechjobsinschools.com/.

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