Continuing education — or CE — is an important part of your ongoing professional development as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). States require that professionals earn CE credits — or CEs — in order to ensure a professional workforce that remains up to date on current knowledge and practices. Requirements as to the frequency and amount of CE vary from state to state.
Rules surrounding the amount and types of CE are generally regulated by some sort of state board — most likely whichever organization you send your license renewal fee to. Check your board’s website to see what types of CE are acceptable and how many credits you will need. Many states accept courses from:
If you hold a license in both audiology and SLP, your board will likely require you to earn CEs in both areas.
Licensing boards often allow you to develop your skills in both “professional” and “related” areas. Professional areas can be thought of as what you do clinically every day, such as:
Related subject areas may refer to things such as:
We all learn differently. Some of us like to read, while others are more auditory learners. CEs can often be obtained in many different ways, including:
CE is going to be part of your professional practice throughout your career and offers you the chance to further your knowledge and skills after your formal degree training.
By Pat F. Bass III, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Pat is a board certified General Internist and Pediatrician He has served as a reviewer for leading national publications including Pediatrics, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine. Pat is also the asthma guide to About.com, a New York Times Company. Learn more about Pat on Google+