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Speech Language Stipend Program

The Oregon Department of Education Speech Language Stipend Program

We are excited to share that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) offers stipends for participants in the Speech Language Stipend Program! These stipends are available through K-12 school districts or ESD programs that sponsor participants.

To ensure everything runs smoothly, participants and their employers will enter into individual agreements that meet Oregon Revised Statute requirements, ORS 348.398 and ORS 348.406. This approach allows ODE to uphold statutory guidelines while giving employers the flexibility to create agreements tailored to local needs.

Here's how it works:

  1. Application Submission: Participants submit the required forms to their employer and ODE.
  2. Eligibility and Award: ODE reviews the submissions, determines eligibility, and awards program participation for two years.
  3. Program Completion: Participants successfully complete the two-year requirements and any additional tasks (such as surveys).
  4. Award Disbursement: ODE awards the stipend funds to the ESD or School District employer, who then disperses them to the participant and their mentor SLP.

It is important for employers to develop agreements that meet the statutory requirements for this program. The specific financial details, including timelines and any applicable taxes or fees, are determined between the candidate and the employer.

The ODE will open the application window on July 25th, 2024. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please email the ODE SLP Stipend inbox at with any questions.

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