School Based SLPs - 35 questions to ask during an interview or prior to getting hired with a school district
1.) How many SLPs are in the district? Are most SLPs district employees or contractors?
2.) Do I need a teaching credential or any other credential?
3.) Is there a budget for materials or are there materials provided at each school? CEUs/Conferences reimbursement?
3.) Will I have my own classroom/room/space or sharing a space?
4.) Are supplies available at school such as paper, markers, sticky notes, etc? Printer? Color copying? Laminating?
5.) Do I get a computer to use or have to use my own?
6.) What are typical caseload numbers? Average at each school?
7.) Will I be the only SLP at the school or will there be others?
8.) What assessments are available to us? What assessments will be available at my school?
9.) Will I be servicing General Education students only? Special Day Class students? What Special Day Classes are in the district? (Mild-moderate, moderate-severe, Autism, Emotional Disability, Behavioral, Medically Fragile? etc.)
10.) What ages will I be working with? Will I be working with preschool as well?
11.) Is there a preschool assessment center or will I be conducting preschool assessments?
12.) What IEP system does the district use? Will training be provided?
13.) Am I paid on a "therapist" salary or a "teacher" salary?
14.) Do previous years at another district count? What salary step would I go in at?
15.) Socioeconomic status of the students/families i'll be working with?
16.) In what instances do I have to "make up" sessions?
17.) Will I have SLPA support at my school?
18.) Benefits? 401k, 403b available? If I work part-time, can I still receive benefits?
19.) How many days off will I get per school year? Sick days versus PTO? Summers off or year round school?
20.) Does the district use Response to Intervention? Who can be put on RTI? (e.g. students working on articulation only or language as well?)
21.) What program is used for billing? Do we use paper or electronic billing?
22.) Who is responsible for documentation and billing? Is it the SLP or is someone else brought in to complete this part?
23.) How many high profile IEPs at my assigned school? Are there any litigation cases with any students on my caseload?
24.) Will I be at one school or more than one?
25.) Will I have to change schools mid year or stay at 1 school full time for the whole year?
26.) Do you try to keep SLPs at the same school year after year or will I be moved around?
27.) What other responsibilities will I have at my assigned school? (e.g. bus duty, recess duty, joining a committee)
28.) Will I be evaluated? How often?
29.) Will I have to see students outside of school or evaluate private school students off campus?
30.) Am I paid overtime?
31.) School hours? What are my duty hours?
32.) Will my be license be revoked if I break my contract early? How long is my contract for?
32.) Who will I be the case carrier for? Speech only students or other students as well?
34.) The caseload limits in this state are --, will this number be enforced? Will extra support be provided when that number is reached?
35.) Are IEP meetings before/after school hours or during the day?