School-Based Professionals

The 2019-20 Vice-President for SLP Public Schools is Alyssa Webster.

Public School Committee Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Committee on Public Schools (PSC) is to support and represent public school personnel affiliated with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) including Speech/Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Hearing Impaired, Educational Audiologists, Supervisors of Speech-Language-Hearing Services and other educational personnel. The PSC monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in the public schools. In addition, the PSC encourages and celebrates excellence in public school programs through the conferring of awards.

The Public School Committee consists of speech, language and hearing professionals from across the state of Michigan. The functions of the committee include:

  • Monitors issues affecting provision of services in the public schools
  • Coordinates the Public School Forum held at the MSHA Annual Conference
  • Reviews nominations and selects recipients for the MSHA Program of the Year Award
  • Submits suggestions to the Vice President for Professional Development and Education for invited speakers at the MSHA Annual Conference.
Licensure Information

♦Starting January 1, 2020, Clinical supervisors and CF mentors will be required to have 2 hours professional development in the area of Supervision post-certification.  ASHA is offering a free online webinar to help fulfill this requirement.  Also, MSHA will be offering a 2-hour class on Supervision at the MSHA Annual Conference, March 19-21, 2020 at the MotorCity Hotel and Conference Center in Detroit.

Beginning with the 2020–2022, ASHA certification maintenance interval, ASHA certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics. MSHA will be offering a 1-hour class on General Ethics that will fulfill this new requirement at the 2020 MSHA conference.

Interprofessional Practice (IPP)
MSHA along with the California and South Carolina Associations received an ASHA grant to produce public service announcement videos on Interprofessional Practice (IPP).   These professionally produced videos can be used to promote and explain IPP.  Please feel free to share these videos!

♦Revisions to the Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery & Exit Criteria
The Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery & Exit Criteria, Edited by Maureen Staskowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Macomb Public Schools, Published and Revised by MSHA in 2006, is getting a reboot from our Public Schools Committee.  Are you interested in reviewing and providing input? 
Thanks to the MSHA Executive Board for the encouragement and direction to update these Guidelines.  It is time to revisit some sections of this important document that is used in public school districts around Michigan.  Alyssa Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA V-P for Public Schools, Eaton County RESA  has begun the process of review.  Many thanks to Celeste Gerlach, M.A., CCC-SLP, Haslett Public Schools, for her extensive work updating the Articulation chapter.  
For those of you who might not be familiar with this document, or its history, go to our website at and follow this link:
The original Guidelines was published by MSHA in 1992 by the members of the Public School Committee.  Its preface states: Its intent is to serve as a resource to SLPs and administrators as local practices are established.  It is hoped that this document facilitates discussion.  It has been a valuable resource and we hope to update sections to help continue its use and relevance in the state of Michigan.

Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (information on caseload size can be found on page 107)
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