American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Standards for Speech-Language Pathology Frequently Asked Questions: Course Work/Knowledge Areas

2005 SLP Certification Standards

How much course work must be completed?

Applicants for certification in speech-language pathology must complete a minimum of 75 semester credit hours (112.50 quarter hours) overall, including at least 36 semester credit hours (47 quarter hours) at the graduate level.

What pre-requisite courses are required for certification?

Although there is not a uniform curriculum that all applicants must have followed, transcript credit is required as evidence of courses completed in biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and the social/behavioral sciences.

What courses are acceptable in those four areas?

Individual graduate programs will determine which courses are acceptable in biological science, physical science, mathematics, and social/behavioral sciences. The CFCC believes that the individual graduate programs are best equipped to make the assessment as to whether or not specific courses will best serve as providing appropriate and adequate pre-requisite skills and knowledge. A list of courses that might be accepted to satisfy the prerequisite requirement can be found in Standard III-A of the speech-language pathology standards.

What professional area courses are required in speech-language pathology?

Under the 2005 standards, the emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills, not on completion of specific course work. A graduate program is required to periodically assess the student's acquisition of knowledge and skills as listed in Standards III and IV and will determine which courses will permit acquisition of the mandated knowledge and skills.

How will the program director know that I have acquired the needed knowledge and skills?

Each academic program will have determined the specific student learning outcomes and mechanisms they will use to assess students' acquisition of knowledge and skills. The CFCC expects that programs will use a variety of mechanisms (e.g., performance on exams, submitted papers, performance in clinic), and will make these assessments on an on-going basis.

If a student receives a passing grade in a course, won't that indicate that he or she has gained a particular knowledge or skill?

It may, but a grade won't tell the CFCC which knowledge or skill has been mastered. Knowledge may be gained in more than one area through completion of a course. The CFCC is relying on the academic and clinical instructors/supervisors to assess which knowledge and skills have been achieved and how they have been achieved.

Is there a requirement for a certain number of courses or semester hours in speech disorders or language disorders?

No. Beyond the prerequisite courses noted earlier, there are no specific courses in speech-language pathology required for certification; however, graduate programs will likely have requirements for course work that are above those required for ASHA certification and that is their prerogative. Additionally, individual state licensure boards may have requirements that are not the same as the ASHA certification requirements. It may be necessary for applicants to be able to provide a breakdown of courses and practicum hours to satisfy those licensure requirements.

Is there a requirement for course work in audiology? If so, how much?

The 2005 standards do not mandate specific course work or clinical practicum in audiology, but do address acquisition of knowledge related to audiology areas. Individual graduate programs and licensure boards may have different requirements in this area.

In several of the standards there is the phrase "the applicant must demonstrate...the acquisition of knowledge or skills." How will a student demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge?

The individual graduate programs will have developed mechanisms for assessing the acquisition of the knowledge and skills listed in the standards. Their verification, via completion of the "Verification by Program Director" page of the application, will be sufficient documentation to the CFCC that the applicant has met the requirements.

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