What is an Independent Study?
It is an educational experience to enhance your skills and
knowledge in an area relevant to the field of communication
sciences and disorders.
You develop an educational plan, submit it to an
ASHA Approved Independent
Study Provider who is responsible for reviewing, monitoring, and
approving the plan.
There are many
types of Independent
Study. However, all Independent Study activities must be based on the
same principles ASHA Approved CE Providers use to plan group
Namely, the learner should:
Base his/her learning activity on an identified need
(e.g., I need to perform a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of
swallowing [FEES] at my job and don't know how to do
Develop individualized learning outcomes
(e.g., As a result of my Independent Study activity, I will be
able to identify the instrumentation necessary to perform a
FEES, list the risk factors involved in conducting a FEES,
assess a patient's candidacy for use of FEES as a
diagnostic tool, and perform a FEES with 100% accuracy).
Have a mechanism to determine satisfactory completion of the
(i.e., documentation of acquired learning).
Evaluate the program upon completion
(e.g., what would you do differently? what would you
Independent Study plans are limited to two (2.0) ASHA CEUs per
Providers can file an unlimited number of IS plans with the ASHA CE
Registry on a learner's behalf.
Steps for Developing/Filing
an Independent Study Plan.