Subject: Speech Implementer Model
Source: Janet Hoskins, Assistant Director, Compliance and Barb Gilpin,
Assistant Director, Effective Practices
Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, and
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
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
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
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