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Oregon Teacher Requirements for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

The information below is collected from state regulatory agencies responsible for regulating school based speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Audiologist

Audiologists in the public schools are contract employees and do not fall under specific teacher requirements of the State Department of Education. State licensure issued by the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is typically required for practice in the schools.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists in the public schools are contract employees and do not fall under specific teacher requirements of the State Department of Education. State licensure issued by Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, is typically required for practice in the schools.

Note: Notwithstanding the amendments to ORS 681.230 by section 1 of this 2015 Act, a teacher who is licensed by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and who holds a communications disorders or speech impaired endorsement issued by the commission may continue to practice speech-language pathology on and after July 1, 2016, without obtaining a license under ORS chapter 681 if the person:

  1. Was licensed and endorsed by the commission before July 1, 2016
  2. Practices speech-language pathology solely in the course and scope of the  person’s duties as an employee of an education service district, a school district, or a charter school and
  3. Complies with ORS 681.360 to 681.375 and rules adopted under ORS 681.360 to 681.375 when supervising speech-language pathology assistants.

Citation: Or. Rev. Stat. § 681.230 

Regulatory Oversight

Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for school based speech-language pathologists and audiologists, please visit these websites:

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

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