Types of Independent Study Activities
Activities That Are Suitable for Independent Study
Examples of Independent Study activities include, but are not
limited to, the following:
Traditional Independent Study (IS).
Develop an IS plan encompassing a variety of activities, all
contributing to achieving the desired learning outcomes under the
direction of an
ASHA Approved Independent
(e.g. reading journal articles, observing a master clinician,
reviewing case files, an internship/hands-on experience). These
experiences might culminate with the learner writing a critical
review of the experience, including how participant will
incorporate newly acquired skills and knowledge into
Continuing education (CE) activities offered by an
organization that is not an ASHA Approved CE Provider.
Attend activity offered by an organization that is not an ASHA
Approved CE Provider and write a critical review of the
experience including ways in which newly acquired skills and
knowledge will be incorporated into practice.
Course design and instruction.
Develop and present information of clinical significance to a
group of peers, allied professionals, and/or laypersons (speech,
Research and publication.
Design, implement, and report a study relevant to human
communication and disorders.
Journal and/or study groups.
Meet with one or more persons at specified times to discuss
pre-assigned relevant materials.
Audiotape and/or videotape instruction.
Review tapes and write a critical review including ways the newly
acquired skills/knowledge will be incorporated into practice.
Some ASHA Approved CE Providers offer
pre-packaged audio and
video offerings (self-studies)
for ASHA CEUs. However, if a pre-packaged self-study pertinent to
the professions is not offered for ASHA CEUs, the learner can use
those materials and along with an
ASHA Approved IS Provider
develop an IS plan around the use and successful completion of
Clinical case studies/record review.
Select individuals from clinical service files to analyze and
produce a final report to be reviewed by the ASHA Approved CE
Provider and/or a group of peers that offers a critique of the
assessment, recommendations, intervention plan, counseling, and
follow-up procedures. The report could include documentation
and/or justification from the literature.
Review literature on a specified topic and submit a written
summary. Consider including critical comments and a plan for
incorporating the acquired information into practice.
Identify experts or master clinicians, and arrange to visit and
observe them in their clinical setting. Develop a written report
summarizing the experience and describe how the information will
impact the delivery of clinical services in the work setting.
Commit to a period of time working with colleagues who have
special skills that would benefit the learner in his/her
Devise and implement an Independent Study plan that does not fit
any of the above categories under the direction of an ASHA
Approved IS Provider.
Activities Unsuitable for Independent Study
Independent Study may not be used in the following
Independent Study cannot be used to offer participants CEUs for a
group activity offered by an ASHA Approved CE Provider. If a
Provider fails to file an activity within the 7-day pre-activity
filing deadline, Independent Study cannot be used as a substitute
to offer ASHA CEUs to participants in the activity.
Cooperative CE offerings.
ASHA Approved CE Providers should not offer Independent Study
services for activities that should have been conducted as
cooperative CE offerings or as Provider-initiated activities.
Independent Study should not be used to offer CEUs to groups of
participants in activities. Organizations that are not ASHA
Approved CE Providers but want to offer ASHA CEUs to participants
in their continuing education activities should (a) seek a
Provider with whom to conduct a
cooperative CE offering
apply to be an ASHA Approved CE Provider.
Activities initiated by ASHA CE administrator through ASHA
Approved CE Provider.
The ASHA CE administrator of the ASHA Approved CE Provider has
oversight and is responsible for planning, monitoring, and
approving Independent Studies, it would represent a conflict of
interest for the ASHA CE administrator to both offer and earn
ASHA CEUs for his/her Independent Study. ASHA CE administrators
may participate in Independent Study, but they must do so through
another ASHA Approved CE Provider and ASHA CE administrator.
It is inappropriate to use Independent Study to offer ASHA CEUs
for a group of learners. Independent Study is intended for an
individual's specific learning needs. Even if several
participants engage in similar Independent Study endeavors, each
participant must have a separate original plan with learning
outcomes specific to what that participant will be able to
demonstrate as a result of the experience. The CEB will reject
plans that appear to be created for groups of learners or that
are duplicates. Group activities should be filed as a
cooperative CE offering
or as a
For other activities not appropriate for ASHA CEUs.
The Independent Study activity must relate to the science or
practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology. For
additional information, see
Activities for Which ASHA CEUs are