American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Oregon 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 laws, 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

All speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), including those working in the schools, must be certified by the state licensure board. The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission does not license, register, or certify, speech-language pathology assistants.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. All SLPAs (including those working in the schools, known as educational assistants) must be certified by the state licensure board. Individuals must evidence transcripts showing 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of speech-language pathology technical coursework and transcripts showing 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of general education credits and written evidence of 100 clock contact hours of clinical interaction.
  2. An individual holding either a basic license in speech impaired or a standard license in speech impaired issued by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may supervise an assistant working in a school if they agree to comply with the supervision requirements/guidelines outlined in rule.
  3. All supervision must be performed by a state-licensed individual with a minimum of 2 years experience. The amount and type of supervision required will be based on the skills and experience of the SLPA.
  4. A minimum of 30% (20% direct) of all of the time an assistant is providing services for the first 90 days of employment shall be supervised. Subsequent to the first 90 days of employment, a minimum of 20% (10% direct) of all the time an assistant is providing services shall be supervised.
  5. The supervising speech-language pathologist must be able to be reached at all times and may supervise two full-time assistants.
  6. In remote geographic areas of the state or in other situations with severe shortages of licensed personnel, where direct supervision requirements cannot be met by an on-site, educational facilities may apply for a one year exemption from certain requirements for supervision of certified SLPAs. During the exemption period, a licensed SLP may supervise up to four full-time equivalent certified SLPAs.
  7. The caseload of the supervising clinician must allow for administration, including assistant supervision, evaluation of clients, and meeting times. (All students assigned to an assistant are considered part of the caseload of the supervising clinician.)
  8. Each assistant must complete 15 clock hours of documented and approved professional development per each biennial renewal cycle.

Temporary License-Provisional SLPA Certificate

  1. A provisional SLPA certificate is a temporary license certificate issued by the Licensure Board to SLPAs who have completed 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of speech-language pathology technical course work; and 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of general education credit while they are actively engaged in completing the clinical fieldwork hours outside of an academic program.
  2. A provisional SLPA certificate may be issued for up to 180 days. It may not be renewed. A provisional certificate may be upgraded to a regular SLPA certificate.
  3. A holder of a provisional SLPA certificate must be directly supervised 100% of the time they are engaged in clinical fieldwork. The supervisor must be qualified and the clinical fieldwork documented.
  4. A holder of a provisional SLPA certificate must clearly identify themselves as a "provisional speech-language pathology assistant," and may not hold a job title of or be employed as a "speech-language pathology assistant." The provisional certificate holder may be employed in a unlicensed position such as educational assistant, may be paid a stipend, or may be uncompensated.
  5. The provisional certificate holder may apply for an upgrade to a speech-language pathology assistant certificate upon completion of all requirements in the law.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Not regulated by the state.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

Not regulated by the state.

Resources

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

Laws and Regulations for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trend chart which is updated at the end of each calendar year:

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

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