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  Speech-Language Pathology Licensure Issues Meeting, March 13, 2009 at Portland State Office Building
  Released: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Late in August 2008, TSPC was contacted by the Speech Language Pathology Board, regarding collaborating more closely with educators who are prepared in working with children with communications disorders. Specifically, we compared notes about the preparation required for a fully state-licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a Commission-licensed educator with a Communications Disorders Endorsement.

Speech Language Pathologists provide services to children identified as requiring these services through Individual Education Plans (IEPs). These services fall outside of the area where TSPC licensure is required. ORS 343.221.

TSPC Alternative licensure routes allowed unqualified individuals to act as Speech Language Pathologists through ancillary licensure rules such as Conditional Assignment Permits (CAP), Emergency Teaching Licenses, and Restricted Transitional Teaching Licenses. While there is a severe shortage in this area, it remains important that the Commission remain vigilant about the quality of the credential providing these very unique services to children with exceptionalities.

After a lengthy discussion at the October 2008 meeting, the Commission decided to conduct a stakeholder meeting to discuss what reconciliation between the state-board license and the TSPC license may be possible; and to discuss:

Restricted Transitional Teaching Licenses: The commission has issued 33 Restricted Transitional Teaching Licenses in Communications Disorders. All but about six of these are to individuals who have either a bachelor's or master's with majors in communications disorders areas.

Emergency Teaching License: Of the six Emergency Teaching Licenses issued by the commission this year, five would qualify for the Restricted Transitional Teaching License under the circumstances recommended above. One holder of the license would not qualify for the Restricted Transitional Teacher License.

Conditional Assignment Permits (CAPs): TSPC has issued CAPs to teachers with little or no preparation at all in Speech Language Pathology. This has allowed districts to have these individuals provide these services to special education students without any training at all.

Parking is available at the PSOB parking lot with a credit card, coin-operated street parking meters, or two nearby parking lots.

Meeting Date and Time
Friday, March 13, 2009, 8 am - 5 pm

Meeting Location
Portland State Office Building (PSOB)
Rooms 1-B and 1-C
800 NE Oregon Street
Portland, OR 97232


  Archived: March 13, 2009   
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