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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Part 2: UMD CSD Program and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associaiton (ASHA)

The CSD Department offers undergraduate and graduate education.  Clinical practicum experiences are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • The Undergraduate Program offers foundational education and preparation for pursuing graduate education in audiology or speech-language pathology.  Undergraduates observe therapy and complete a practicum in their senior year.
  • The Graduate Program offers education and preparation for pursuing the professionof speech-language pathology.  Graduate students complete clinical courses throughout thier graduate education.

A a student, you are responsible for meeting the degree requirements of the UMD CSD Program, which include and exceed the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the scientific, professional and credentialing association in the United States of America for:

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Scientists


About CAA

Graduate education programs in speech pathology and audiology must hold accreditation from Councel for Accreditation of Academic Programs (CAA), the accrediting organization affliated with ASHA, in order for their graduates to qualify for ASHA Certification. Undergraduate programs are not accredited by the CAA. 

The UMD Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology has held accreditation from ASHA since 1978. The Graduate Program meets and exceeds standards for pursuing the ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology.


ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) issues Certificates of Clinical Competence (CCC) to individuals who present evidence of their ability to provide independent clinical services to persons who have disorders of communication. Individuals who meet the standards specified by the Association´s Council on Professional Standards may be awarded a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) or Audiology (CCC-A). Individuals who meet the standards in both professional areas may be awarded both certificates. 

One Standard of Certification is to earn your degree from a CAA accredited program.  By earning your degree from UMD CSD, you are meeting one ASHA Certification Standard.  Please refer to ASHA's Web site for full ASHA Certification Standards.

ASHA CCCs and Clinic Instruction: As interns, you work under the Certificate of Clinical Competence and State License that your supervisor has earned.

  • All CSD Clinic Instructors hold current ASHA CCCs.
  • All field supervisors of internships must hold current ASHA CCCs.


ASHA Code of Ethics


The ASHA Code of Ethics outlines professional guidelines for ethical professional conduct and decision-making.  As you participate in observation and practicum activities and as you have client contact, you are expected to abide by the ASHA Code of Ethics.


State Credentials

Professional regulations and requirements vary between states.These are legal practice standards that must be followed.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations of the state in which you plan to practice, as these regulations may influence the elective courses you choose to take.

Licensure across the United States

Minnesota Licensure

In Minnesota, speech-language pathologists and are required to hold separate licenses for education settings and for health care settings. To maintain licensure, professionals must pay fees and submit proof on continuing education as required by the licensing organization.

State Credentials and Clinic Instruction:  All clinic instructors and field supervisors must adhere to the credentialing laws of the state in which they practice.

  • All CSD Clinic Instructors hold a professional license through the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • All field supervisors of internships must hold credentials as required by their state.
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