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Site Visitor Qualifications

Accreditation Handbook—Chapter VII: Site Visitors

The CAA assembles teams of practitioners and university representatives to serve as site visitors to academic programs in the discipline. The selected pool of academic faculty, clinical faculty, and practitioners actively serve as CAA site visitors once selected and trained.

The CAA has identified the following qualifications for each site visitor category:

Academic Faculty

  • earned doctoral degree in audiology, speech-language pathology, or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution;
  • rank of associate professor or above or comparably experienced educator;
  • faculty appointment in a CAA-accredited program (does not include programs holding candidacy status);
  • employed by a CAA-accredited program in the same professional area as the individual;
  • demonstrated active involvement in the profession of audiology and/or speech-language pathology (e.g., membership in professional organizations, credentials, research record).

Clinical Faculty

  • earned graduate degree in audiology, speech-language pathology, or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution;
  • clinical appointment in a CAA-accredited program (does not include programs holding candidacy status);
  • employed by a CAA-accredited program in the same professional area as the individual;
  • valid licensure, if available, and nationally recognized credentials in audiology and/or speech-language pathology, as appropriate;
  • principle responsibilities that include clinical education, such as student supervision or client services, teaching, administration. (Note: Applicants whose primary employment function is as an on-campus clinical director or supervisor/preceptor for the purposes of student training meet this criterion.)

Practitioner

  • earned graduate degree in audiology, speech-language pathology, or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution;
  • valid licensure, if available, and nationally recognized credentials in audiology and/or speech-language pathology, as appropriate; experience as a practitioner in the area that credentials are held for at least five (5) years;
  • directly engaged in a significant manner in the practice of speech-language-hearing services. (Note: Applicants whose primary employment function is as an on-campus clinical director or supervisor/preceptor for the purposes of student training do not meet this criterion.)

 

For in-depth information about volunteering as a CAA site visitor, please refer to Chapter VII: Site Visitors in the Accreditation Handbook. Contact accreditation staff at caasvapplicants@asha.org if you have any questions.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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About the CAA

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

Contact the CAA

Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

800-498-2071

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