REPORTS TO: Supervisor, Office of Special Education

Master’s degree required; Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) preferred.
ESL, bilingual credentials, and/or foreign language fluency preferred.

Hold, or be eligible for, a valid school speech-language pathologist license issued by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle or feel objects; tools, student supplies or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and occasionally to run. The employee, after proper training, may be required to physically assist or restrain students. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally life and/or move more than 50 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Specific hearing abilities required by this job include the ability to hear the spoken word at a normal volume and at 20 feet with back turned.

The primary function of the speech/language pathologist is to identify and treat children with speech, language, voice, or fluency disorders. This is accomplished through working with teachers, administrators, parents, and students. The primary goal of the speech/language pathologist is to facilitate development of communication.

Budget Responsibilities: This position requires the selection and procurement of therapy materials.
Employees Supervised: None
Number of Schools/Departments: Assignment depends upon location of students on caseload.
Number of Students: Caseloads may not exceed 68:1; unlimited number of students screened/evaluated during the school year.

1. The speech/language pathologist shall work collaboratively with all stakeholders in providing a World-Class Education.

2. The responsibilities and duties of the speech/language pathologist shall include the responsibilities of teachers as listed in Regulation 561.01-1.

3. The responsibilities of the speech/language pathologist shall include but not be limited to:

a. Screening new students to the county for speech/language disorders.
b. Observing classrooms, as requested, to provide suggestions for addressing speech/language disorders.
c. Evaluating students referred with speech/language concerns to determine area of involvement and degree of severity.
d. Following the timelines and completing the paperwork for determining students’ eligibility for the speech/language program and speech as a related service.
e. Developing an appropriate Individualized Education Program for each student and implementing it according to State regulations.
f. Providing speech/language therapy according to the needs of the students, and the State guidelines.
g. Developing home programs and consulting with parents, as necessary.
h. Consulting with teachers regarding the speech/language program general information as well as specific information on students in therapy.
i. Working as part of an interdisciplinary team with students who have multiple disabilities; this could include developing and implementing a feeding program, developing and training use of an augmentative communication system, and/or facilitating language in the classroom.
j. Presenting professional development opportunities for school faculty, as warranted.
k. Attending county sponsored professional development to provide a means of professional growth.
l. Providing a monthly count of the number of students on the caseload to the program coordinator.
m. Maintaining equipment and materials in good condition and returning borrowed materials to the program coordinator by the end of the school year.
n. Providing information to the program coordinator or supervisor, as requested.

4. The speech/language pathologist shall adhere to state, federal, and local laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

5. The speech/language pathologist shall be responsible for completing and submitting Medicaid Plans of Care for speech therapy and personal care services, Medicaid speech orders for therapy evaluations, monthly Medicaid progress notes, and Medicaid discharge summaries to the Supervisor of Regional Programs. These duties shall replace other building obligations, such as lunch, hall, or bus duty.

6. The speech/language pathologist shall perform other duties required by the supervisor, as assigned.

Prince William County Schools, Virginia
Primary Contact: 
Cheri Bradford