First time message here. My question is not intended to slam or degrade anyone in the profession. I'm just trying to find out if there is anyone else like me, struggling with this issue.
I work in a public school in New England, and carry a Department of Education (DOE) certification as a Speech & Language Specialist. This was earned after completing a M.Ed. program, Early Childhood Special Needs. My undergraduate degree is in Communication Disorders, and I started working in public schools before "mainstreaming" and "inclusion" were applied to Special Education(Giving away my age here!) Even though the DOE states on the website that such a certification (as a Speech & Language Specialist) allows one to perform the same duties as an SLP with CCC's, the school district where I work makes a distinction in terms of evaluation, etc. In addition, it appears that such a distinction is made when it's budget time, and that my compensation is less than an SLP with CCC's. I typically have a larger caseload for treatment, because the SLP's with CCC's perform the evaluations, write the reports, etc. The Speech Team is very supportive and works collaboratively; but there is this underlying distinction being made.
Any other Speech & Language Specialists that have encountered such an issue? Please don't misunderstand me - I'm terribly grateful to have a job in this field. I'm just curious to see if other professionals have a similar story!
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