Web Sites Related to Professional Issues
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the United States. This web site has a multitude of information for professionals and students alike. To learn more about the professional organization, click on the link.
The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) (Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology) is the semiautonomous body within ASHA that is responsible for monitoring pre-professional academic programs in the communication sciences and disorders. All academic programs offering a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and/or audiology must be duly accredited by the CAA. To learn more about the accreditation process, click on the link.
The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the student arm of ASHA. Any student who has an interest in the communication sciences and disorders is eligible to join this national organization. Most pre-professional programs in communication sciences and disorders also have local chapters of NSSLHA. To learn more about NSSLHA and what it can do for you, click on the link.
Most states have their own chapters that are affiliated with ASHA. The Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) is a state chapter of ASHA. Student membership is encouraged in the state association. To learn more about PSHA, click the link.
In order to work professionally, speech-language pathologists and audiologists must be duly certified. For speech-language pathologists, the culmination of professional preparation is the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology. ASHA has very specific requirements that all individuals must meet in order to be conferred the CCC. To learn more about these requirements, click on the link.
Most states require speech-language pathologists and audiologists to earn licensure before they can practice in that particular state. Pennsylvania, and the surrounding states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York have licensure laws. To view a summary of the licensure laws in these states, click on the link.
The Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has specific requirements concerning the granting of certification for public school instruction. If you wish to work in the public schools in Pennsylvania, you must be duly certified by the Department of Education. To learn more about teacher certification, click on the link.
This site is maintained by ASHA and contains an exhaustive list of all the accredited graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders in the United States. To view the list, click the link.
The Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) is an organization composed of most of the undergraduate and graduate programs in communication sciences and disorders in the United States. Although this organization primarily responds to issues related to academic and clinical preparation, it contains a list of its members that may be of interest to prospective students. Click on the link to learn more.
If you're not exactly sure what kind of career you would like to have, but do have some interest in communication sciences and disorders, click on the link to find out more about this particular career path.
To learn more about what is involved in a career in speech-language pathology, click on the link.
To see a current list of jobs available in speech-language pathology and audiology, click on the link. This list changes periodically, so keep going back to see what opportunities exist for graduates.