American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Oklahoma 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

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

A Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) must meet the qualifications set forth by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (OBESPA). Beginning May 2012, an SLPA must hold an associate's degree in speech-language pathology. The state offers an Oklahoma Teacher Certification for an SLPA with the following requirements:

  1. hold a minimum of an associate's degree or provide equivalent academic coursework and clinical training hours for an SLPA;
  2. be employed by an Oklahoma public school; and
  3. partner with an OBESPA-licensed SLP who has agreed to attend supervision training, and will provide supervision and training to the SLPA.

Speech Language Therapy Assistant

An Speech Language Therapy Assistant (SLTA) is a person who evaluates but does not interpret results, examines, and provides rehabilitative services for persons who have or are suspected of having a speech, voice, language, or swallowing disorder. An SLTA is permitted to assist the SLP with speech-language and hearing screenings; assist with informal documentation; follow IEPs or IFSPs; document student performance; assist SLP during student assessments; may write, develop, or modify a student's individualized education program (IEP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP). SLTAs must be licensed by OBESPA.

SLTAs employed from 2010 through 2012 will also be eligible for employment as an SLPA beginning in May 2012.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

  1. Before the Board grants authorization for an individual to be designated a speech-language pathology assistant, the Board will consider the academic training and clinical experience of the applicant, the specific duties and responsibilities he is assigned, the amount and nature of the supervision that is available, and the number of such other persons assigned to the proposed supervisor.
  2. Until June 1, 2013, each speech-language pathology assistant shall hold no less than a high school degree.
  3. Speech-language pathology assistants who hold only a high school degree or its equivalent must practice under the full-time supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
  4. All applicants after June 1, 2013 must hold at least an associates degree, or equivalent, with a major emphasis in speech-language pathology from an accredited academic institution.
  5. The supervising speech-language pathologist must be available by electronic means at all times when the assistant is performing clinical activities. Under direct supervision, all clients/patients are directly supervised by the supervisor.
  6. The supervising speech-language pathologist must have been fully licensed for two years.
  7. A licensed speech-language pathologist may not supervise any more than two assistants.
  8. Assistant licenses shall be for a period of 1 year.

  9. A minimum of 20 clock hours of continuing education is required every two years.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Not regulated in school settings.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Before the Board grants authorization for an individual to be designated an audiology assistant, the Board will consider the academic training and clinical experience of the applicant, the specific duties and responsibilities he is assigned, the amount and nature of the supervision that is available, and the number of such other persons assigned to the proposed supervisor.
  2. Each audiology assistant must hold at least a high school degree or its equivalent.
  3. The assistant must practice in a geographic setting which permits direct, on-site supervision.
  4. Indirect supervision of the assistant is permitted when the duties or activities performed do not involve direct patient care.
  5. A licensed audiologist may not supervise any more than two assistants.
  6. The supervising audiologist must have been fully licensed for two years.
  7. Assistant licenses shall be for a period of 1 year.
  8. Continuing education requirements do not apply to audiology assistants..

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:

Rules for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Assistants [PDF]

Policies and Procedures for Special Education in Oklahoma [PDF]

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

Support Personnel in Schools Settings [PDF]

Support Personnel Excluding Schools Settings [PDF]

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

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