Steps for Developing and Filing an Independent Study Plan

  1. Complete the Independent Study Participant Worksheet [PDF] provided on the website. This form will assist you in developing your Independent Study Course Plan and prepare you to meet with the ASHA Approved Independent Study Provider. Independent Study plans must be completed by December 31st of the year they were started. If your Independent Study plan runs into another calendar year, you will need to work with the ASHA Approved Independent Study Provider to develop a separate plan for the next year.
  1. Contact an ASHA Approved Independent Study Provider to see if they would be available to oversee and register your IS plan. The provider can be chosen from any state or country. You must contact the ASHA Continuing Education (CE) Administrator for the Approved Independent Study Provider and have the plan approved beforebeginning your IS plan. ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) cannot be awarded retroactively. 
  1. Provider agrees to monitor your Independent Study. After a discussion and review of your Independent Study Participant Worksheet [PDF], the ASHA CE Administrator will indicate whether he/she will assist in the learning experience. Independent Study Providers may charge participants a fee to monitor the Independent Study activity. Be sure to inquire about the Provider's specific procedures and policies related to Independent Study, including fees and the refund policies. 
    Please Note: Some Independent Study Providers limit the number of plans that they will monitor each year. Others accept plans only for members/staff in their organization. Providers have the right to refuse to accept an Independent Study. They cannot accept an Independent Study plan that does not meet Continuing Education Board (CEB) requirements or one that is currently underway or completed. 
  1. Complete steps on the Independent Study Participant Worksheet [PDF] to plan the Independent Study. Your learning experience must be related to the sciences as they pertain to audiology; speech-language pathology; speech, language, and hearing sciences; and/or the contemporary practice of audiology and speech-language pathology. The content and instructional level must be beyond that required for initial certification by ASHA in the professions and must contribute to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.
  1. Finalize and sign the plan.Once you have agreed on a plan with the guidance of the Independent Study Provider, you and the ASHA CE Administrator should document your agreement by signing and dating the Independent Study Participant Worksheet. Each party should keep a copy of the signed form for his/her records. 
  1. Create a time log [PDF] of your IS activities. Keeping an accurate record of the time spent on your independent study is critical for determining the number of CEUs to award for your coursework. (You may earn up to 2.0 [20 hours] ASHA CEUs for an Independent Study plan. Coursework must be completed within the same calendar year) Provide the log to the ASHA CE Administrator when verifying your completion of the Independent Study plan.
  1. Complete Independent Study experience. Immediately following the completion of the experience, submit to the Independent Study Provider all documentation verifying satisfactory completion and related information. The ASHA CE Administrator for the  Independent Study Provider verifies satisfactory completion and, if all requirements are met, approves the Independent Study activity. Note: As outlined in the plan, it is the participant’s responsibility to contact the Provider upon successful completion of the activity. 
  1. Independent Study Provider forwards completed plan to the ASHA CE Registry. The ASHA CE Administrator for the Independent Study Provider completes the Online Course and Offering Registration System, attaches your Independent Study Participant Worksheet, your time log, and sends the plan to the ASHA CE Registry. The plan must reach the Registry no more than 45 days after the end date of the Independent Study. 
  1. Pay the annual ASHA CE Registry fee.To earn ASHA CEUs for your Independent Study, you must pay the  annual ASHA CE Registry fee for the year in which your Independent Study was completed. The ASHA CEUs earned for the Independent Study will be posted on your transcript for the year in which it was completed. You are entitled to one free transcript each time you pay the annual ASHA CE Registry fee. 
  1. ASHA CE Staff reviews the Independent Study plan and determines if the plan meets CEB requirements. Additional information from you and/or the ASHA CE Administrator may be requested. The Independent Study plan cannot be registered for CEUs until CEB requirements are met.
  1. Once the ASHA CE Staff registers the Independent Study Course for ASHA CEUs, your Independent Study Provider receives confirmation and it will be recorded on your transcript. If you wish to order a transcript, go to the Transcript Request Form for next steps. Your transcript will reflect the title of your Independent Study, description, Independent Study Provider, course completion date, and number of CEUs earned.
  1. If you have questions that the Independent Study Provider cannot answer, please contact ASHA CE staff or call 301-296-8591.

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