American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Maine Support Personnel Requirements

The following information includes speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel requirements in educational and other practice settings. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Speech-Language Pathology

School Setting Requirements

Educational Technicians

There are three levels of auxiliary personnel that are utilized in Maine public schools-each level with its own educational requirements and approved activities. Educational technicians provide supportive educational services to certified personnel in K–12 schools, or to credentialed personnel in early childhood educational or developmental programs from birth to age 5 for children with disabilities. Educational Technicians Level I are required to have a high school diploma/GED, Level II must have 60 credits of approved post-secondary education, and Level III must have 90 credits of approved post-secondary education.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Speech pathology assistants must be registered by their supervising SLP.
  2. Assistants require an associate's degree in the field of communication disorders or its equivalent and completion of a practicum from a regionally accredited training program which includes a minimum of 95 hours: 15 observation, 40 pediatric, and 40 adults.
  3. Thirty percent direct and indirect supervision is required for the first 90 workdays; following the initial 90 days, a minimum of 20% supervision is required with no less than 10% being direct supervision of face-to-face patient contact.
  4. A supervising speech-language pathologist must have a minimum of two year post graduate professional experience and complete at least 10 hours of approved training in the area of supervision if he/she registers a speech-language pathology assistant or aide and may supervise up to two assistants or aides.
  5. If an assistant is providing direct services under supervision, the supervisor must inform in writing all clients, referring agencies and payers.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

No additional requirements.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

No additional requirements.

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel in educational and other practice settings, please visit these websites:

Laws and Regulations for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Maine Department of Education-Educational Technician Authorization

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trends charts which are updated annually:

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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