There are four areas within the federal disability category of Speech or Language Impairment in which students may qualify for special education services: 

  1. articulation disorder; 
  2. abnormal voice; 
  3. fluency disorders; and 
  4. language disorder. 
While the first three areas clearly are for students needing speech therapy services provided by the holder of a SLP Services Credential, the last area, language disorder, is one that students could be taught by the holder of a LAD authorization to assist the students in their academic communication and language needs. Many of these students would also need speech therapy from an SLP Services Credential holder. 

Students who are eligible under the category of speech and language impairment may receive instructional services from the holder of the LAD authorization for academic support.

Benefits of the LAD Credential 
  • Authorizes teaching of all academic subjects to students with specific special needs who have identified communication and academic language deficiencies
  • Prepares the educator to enhance skills of students with special needs and provide highly needed support for their academic and social success
  • Includes an authorization for Autism Spectrum Disorders, resource specialist, and teaching English learner students with special needs
Eligibility for the LAD Program 
Only holders of a special education teaching credential may earn the LAD Credential. 
  1. A Preliminary/Level 1 or Clear/Level 2 Education Specialist Credential is required.
  2. The candidate must have access to one student with IEP goals in the areas of language/communication, academics, and behavior/social/pragmatics.

In addition, a candidate who is an ECSE Credential holder must provide evidence of having passed the RICA and Multiple Subjects exams.


LAD Program Registration for 2018-2019 is closed.

Contact Dr. Cloetta Veney, Director, at cveney@vcoe.org, or Pam Starkey, Administrative Assistant, at pstarkey@vcoe.org, for program information. 

Links and Resources
Name Title Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Educator Support and Effectiveness kuebelhardt@vcoe.org
Dr. Cloetta Veney Director cveney@vcoe.org
Pam Starkey Administrative Assistant pstarkey@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Sr. Academic Advisor academicadvise@vcoe.org
Kathy Friel Academic Advisor academicadvise@vcoe.org