On October 22, 2010, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Board approved the new 216 Speech/Language Teacher License with a vote of 7 to 1. The license was approved with a delayed implementation date of July 1, 2013, at which time the license will go into effect. The MDE Board is acting on the recommendation of MDE Superintendent Dr. Tom Burnham to form a Task Force that will address all of the issues raised by the new license, including effective implementation, supervision, and training for Bachelor’s level students. The Task Force will be headed by the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL), and chaired by Gloria Kellum, PhD, CCC-SLP. Members of the task force will consist of representatives from K-12 education, university communication sciences and disorders programs, MDE, and IHL.
Rachel Powell, VP: School Issues