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Subject: Speech Implementer Model/Reminder

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, and Principals

Date: May 20, 2008

Please remember that use of the speech implementer model is a last resort; the hiring of a speech language pathologist needs to be the goal.

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.

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 can be granted as this is required by state regulations.

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 good faith 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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