Subject Codes

CE Courses offered for ASHA CEUs must fall within one or more of the subject codes established by the Continuing Education Board (CEB). When registering a course for ASHA CEUs, ASHA Approved CE Providers select a subject code that best describes the course’s overall subject matter and scope.

Determining the Subject Code

Identify the area and select the category. Then determine the subject code that best describes most of the course’s content. If more than 50% of the informational content falls into one topic area, use that subject code to identify the course. Review Additional Considerations when determining the subject code and assign a Content Code with each subject code.

Subject Code Categories


Education, Training, and Supervision

Multiple Sessions/Topics

Service Delivery and Practice Management

Speech and Language Pathology

Additional Considerations

The bullets below each subject code are further examples of appropriate content, but the list is not exhaustive or all-inclusive. Prior to determining the appropriate subject code, note that these items may be included in and applicable to any of the subject codes.

The following may be included in all subject codes, as applicable:

  • Advocacy
  • Basic, translational, applied, or implementation research
  • Counseling approaches for individuals and their families
  • Cultural and/or linguistic factors
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Etiology
  • Interprofessional education and interprofessional practice
  • Intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation
  • Pedagogy in speech, language, and hearing sciences
  • Policy, regulatory, reimbursement and program administration issues
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Prevalence
  • Related generic, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral factors
  • Screening, evaluation, and assessment

Content Codes

There are two types of content codes; each is described briefly below. When selecting a content code, list the first letter of the code. 

P—Professional: Information pertaining to disorders of speech, language, and hearing. For example,

  • various types of disorders of communication and their manifestations, classifications, and causes;
  • evaluation skills, including procedures, techniques, and instrumentation for assessment; and
  • management procedures and principles in habilitation and rehabilitation of communication disorders.

R—Related: Study pertaining to the understanding of human behavior, both typical and atypical, as well as services available from related professions that apply to the contemporary practices of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. For example,

  • theories of learning and behavior;
  • services available from related professions that also deal with persons who have disorders of communication;
  • information from these professions about the sensory, physical, emotional, social, and/or intellectual status of a child or adult; and
  • other areas such as program management, economics of professional practice, legislative issues, professional ethics, clinical supervision, counseling and interviewing, application of computers, and modern technology and statistics.

The Content Code B-Basic Communication Processes has been retired and will not be used for new courses (as of 3/15/2020).

B—Basic Communication Processes: Information (beyond the basic ASHA certification requirements) applicable to the typical development and use of speech, language, and hearing. For example,

  • anatomic and physiological bases for the typical development and use of speech, language, and hearing;
  • physical bases and processes of the production and perception of speech, language, and hearing;
  • linguistic and psycholinguistic variables related to typical development and use of speech, language, and hearing; and
  • technological, biomedical, engineering, and instrumentation information (e.g., computer programming and microprocessor adaptations) that enables expansion of knowledge in the basic communication processes.

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