American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Student Supervision

Clinical Education Makes a Difference 

Do you remember your graduate externship? For many, the experience is both exhilarating and intimidating. And few can argue that their supervisor was the most important factor in the success or failure of that experience.

Clinical education is vital to the overall development of future professionals. Being a supervisor also has benefits—access to current research and resources through student clinicians, furthering your own clinical skills by teaching others, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are directly contributing to the future of the profession. In short, supervision matters!

The following resources are provided to give those thinking about becoming a supervisor more information about what is involved and experienced supervisors information about current issues in supervision and answers to frequently asked questions.

Certification Standards

See Standard IV for specific information about clinical practicum and supervisor requirements in speech-language pathology; see Standard III for audiology.

ASHA Policy Documents

Teaching Tools: Clinical Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for First Time Supervisors

Special Interest Group 11 Newsletter Articles

Tip Sheets for Administrators

Continuing Education Credits for Student Supervision

Additional Resources

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