To hold ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) you must have a graduate degree (master's or doctorate) in audiology; speech-language pathology; speech, language, and hearing science; or an allied discipline. State licensure boards for audiologists and speech-language pathologists may require the CCC, or its equivalent, or waive certain requirements for CCC holders.
If you are an undergraduate and already know you want to go on to graduate school in audiology; speech-language pathology; or speech, language, and hearing science, you may want to look into graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders.
Planning Your Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)
Learn about the educational requirements of a career in CSD.
Considering and Preparing for a PhD?
Selected resources for getting started and working toward the PhD.
HES and EdFind
The Higher Education Data System (HES) is a collaborative effort among ASHA, CAPCSD, and the CAA. The HES facilitates the comprehensive and consistent collection and dissemination of data. Through submission of the annual Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Education Survey, academic program data are reflected in reports and trends analysis in CSD. In additition, select data points submitted via the HES create academic program profiles in EdFind, ASHA's online search engine for CSD academic programs. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAA Accredited and Candidate Programs
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is the entity within ASHA authorized to accredit graduate education programs for the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. Master's degree programs in speech-language pathology and clinical doctoral programs in audiology that prepare individuals to enter independent professional practice are eligible to be reviewed by the CAA.
The CAA's list is continually updated and is the only official Web list. The CAA is not responsible for the accuracy or timeliness of any accredited status representations on any other listing or Web site. Programs, degrees, or other information are listed here only after satisfactory completion of the CAA accreditation or candidacy process. Accreditation status is included on EdFind search results.
You may access the complete list of accredited and candidate programs by accessing the CAA's Web pages; a hard copy of the official list of CAA-accredited education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology is available by request by contacting ASHA's Action Center at email@example.com.
CSD programs offering courses and/or degrees via Distance Education are available in EdFind, ASHA's online search engine.
Historically Black Institutions and Minority/Bilingual Emphasis Programs
Institutions designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with CSD academic programs are identified in program profiles in EdFind. In addition, an ad hoc report is available for institutions with multicultural or bilingual emphasis.
Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
If you want further information about undergraduate, professional (graduate), and doctoral-level programs in communication sciences and disorders, visit the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
National Academy of Preprofessional Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (NAPP)
NAPP represents undergraduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Member institutions must be approved by state and regional or national accreditation agencies, must have audiology and speech-language pathology as identifiable units within the institution, and must not offer graduate-level training programs in audiology or speech-language pathology.