Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Council on Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is the council that accredits graduate programs in audiology and speech-language pathology, thereby setting the standards high for the professionals. For more information on CAA-ASHA, read the blog.

Updated by Ankita Tiwari on 25th February 2020

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ASHA - A ray of Hope

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) was founded in 1925 to focus on the scientific and professional analysis of human communication and related problems.

ASHA established the American Board of Examiner in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 1959 to help the association achieve its purpose and to serve people with communication disorders with quality services.

In 1996, the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) was established to oversee the accreditation of high-level education programs in Audio Pathology and improve the quality of entry-level professionals. 

CAA provides accreditation for Masters degree programs in Speech-Language Pathology and entry-level clinical doctoral programs in Audiology. 

The Council is completely autonomous in deciding the standards for education. 

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Eligibility Requirements for CAA-ASHA Accreditation

To be eligible to undergo the accreditation process with the CAA, the programs must meet the following requirements. 

  • The institution must have at least one Graduate Level Course Program that prepares students to become entry-level Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist professionals.

  • The parent institution and the state authority must have granted authorization to conduct the graduate level program for which the accreditation is required.

  • The institution must hold accreditation from any of these Regional accreditation agencies - Middle States Commission for Higher Education or Northwest Commission.

  • The mission and objectives of the program must be steady with the readiness of understudies for proficient practice. 

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Process for ASHA Accreditation

In order to seek initial accreditation, the institution is required to submit an application for the program. After receiving the application, the CAA follows the given process. 

  • The self-study guidelines to be followed are sent to the institution.

  • The program sends the self-assessment report. The usage of fiscal resources which help to achieve the program's objective also needs to be shown. Everything has to be properly documented and sent to the Council.

  • The evaluation of the self-study is done taking into account every data regarding the program including the number of faculties, students and the duration of the course.

  • Based on the self-study, a site visit is scheduled.

  • The on-site visit is conducted which is for a duration of about 3 days.

  • After the site visit, an site evaluation report is prepared.

  • After the analysis of this report and other peer reviews, the program is granted accreditation. 

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Mission and Guiding Values of ASHA

The mission of ASHA is to prepare the students in audiology and speech-language pathology as better professionals by improving the quality of high-level education. 

The organization strives to serve the general society by advancing magnificence in the graduate training of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. 

It focusses on educational quality and career growth in the area of audiology and speech-language pathology to raise future ready experts. 

Universities Accredited by CAA-ASHA

CAA accredits entry-level clinical doctoral programs and master degree level programs in Speech-language pathology which are in compliance with the standards. 

Here is a list of few universities which are accredited by CAA. 

List of ASHA Accredited Universities

Alabama A&M University

Arizona State University

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

California State University, Los Angeles

Midwestern University, Illinois

Northwestern University

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The American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology has tried to enhance the quality of high-level education served in the institutions by establishing standards which the programs need to comply with to receive accreditation from the CAA.

The accredited programs are on par with the global standards and meet the benchmark. It provides an assurance to the public and students that these courses render high educational quality and will make them better professionals in the future. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1.What is the purpose of ASHA Accreditation?

    The purpose of ASHA accreditation is to ensure quality assurance of educational programs in audiology and speech-language pathology for the welfare of public and professionals.

  • 2.What is CAA-ASHA accreditation?

    The Council on Academic Accreditation-ASHA is responsible for evaluating and granting accreditation to graduate programs in Audiology and speech-language pathology.

  • 3.When was ASHA founded?

    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) was founded in 1925 to provide effective communication for all.

  • 4.Can the ASHA Board of Directors serve as consultants?

    No, the ASHA Board of Directors should not serve as consultants to programs seeking or maintaining accreditation status, during their term on the Board. 

  • 5.What is the term of office of a CAA-ASHA member?

    The CAA members are elected to serve a 4-year tenure of office.

  • 6.Is the New York University accredited by ASHA?

    Yes, the Master\'s in Speech-Language Pathology program of the New York University is accredited by ASHA. 

  • 7.What is the degree requirement for ASHA certification in speech-language pathology?

    The requirement for ASHA certification in speech-language pathology is acquiring a master\'s, doctoral, or other recognized post-baccalaureate degree.