Continuing Education

Table of Contents:

Overview
Journals
FAQs

 

 

About the Self-Study Program

 

The self-study continuing education program hosted by the University of Maryland allows you to earn ASHA and AAA CEUs in the comfort of your own home, in your own time, at your own pace, and, moreover, at a price well below that of conferences and many other journal CE programs!

 

Self-study credits are available using the following three journals :

 

To learn more about this self-study program, look through the materials on this page or contact us!

 

Obtaining CEUs through Self-Study

 

(1) Obtain the journal issue(s) you wish to read. You are not required to subscribe to these journals to participate in the CEU program, although you must obtain access to the journal issues. We do not provide copies of the journals. The journals may be available through a local or university library. Electronic subscriptions for Thieme journals are also available for individuals and libraries.

 

(2) Complete the questions at the end of each issue and fax or send them to the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences. (see mail/fax information below)

Ask us about an alumni discount!

 

(3) Include the CEU handling charge with your submission. The handling charge covers issues from the same volume.

Current rates are as follows:

  • Journal of Fluency Disorders: $60 for 1-4 issues
  • Seminars in Speech and Language: $40 for [up to] 2 issues, $60 for [up to] 4 issues
  • Seminars in Hearing: $60 for 1-4 issues reported to ASHA; $85 for 1-4 issues reported to AAA; $100 for 1-4 issues reported to both ASHA and AAA

 

**All participants must include their ASHA and/or AAA numbers on all submissions. Social security numbers will no longer be accepted.

 

Processing of your CEU questions and fees can be by mail/check or fax/credit card for your convenience. Our department staff will then grade your answers and process your CEUs.

Mail Submissions to:

Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Attn: CEU Processing
Lefrak Hall, Room 0100
College Park, MD 20742

 

Find an Eligible Journal Issue on ASHA's Website

 

In a hurry to locate a CEU activity for self-study? Try these steps:

 

  1. Go to the ASHA Course Search site here
  2. For Seminars in Hearing, use as your Keyword: Seminars in Hearing; for Seminars in Speech and Language, use Seminars in Speech; for Journal of Fluency Disorders, use Journal Fluency Disorders.
  3. For location, pick Distance Learning.
  4. For the most selection and widest availability of topics, end dates, and CE values, do NOT put in any subject terms.
  5. Search! You will find a description of all eligible journal issues, their general content, and total CE value when completed. Use the other links on our site to obtain copies of the issue if you do not have ready access to any of these journals.

 

 

Expected Processing Time

Our goal for processing all submissions is 48 hours. HOWEVER, please be advised that we are located on a University Campus, and that state-mandated holidays and breaks may make it difficult to meet this turnaround, especially around the time of December and March breaks, when our staff is reduced. In addition, growing numbers of CE applicants attempt to submit materials only days (sometimes hours!) before their license renewals are due. Please be advised that we CANNOT GUARANTEE that certificates will be delivered in time, if they arrive to us LESS THAN SEVEN DAYS before your filing deadline. If you have a licensure deadline or other emergency, you should notify us ahead of time, preferably by email (see contact information below) so that we can attempt to meet your needs. Participants may fax materials at any time for processing.

 

All certificates will be dated, for CEU completion purposes, by the date received by our offices by fax or mail, not the date they are marked; thus, if you submit an activity by fax on December 31, 2010, it will be recorded as completed by that date. If you send an activity by mail in late December that cannot be delivered to our offices until January 2, 2011, your certificate will be issued to reflect the January date.

 

 

Journals

Seminars in Speech and Language

Seminars in Speech and Language Cover

Seminars in Speech and Language is published by Thieme. Each issue carries a varying number of CE credits, typically between .5 and 1.5 CEUs. The number of CEUs for any given issue is indicated in the information at the end of the issue, together with other filing information and the answer sheet. Each issue is eligible for self-study for three years after its publication date. This journal is available in two different subscription forms: (1) half-annual subscription (two issues/year) for $39 (2.0 CEUs possible) that are either adult- or child-focused (your choice) (2) annual subscription (four issues/year) for $69 (4.0 CEUs possible) To subscribe, contact Thieme by:

  • calling 1-800-782-3488 (USA only) or at 212-760-0888 (9-5:30 EST daily)
  • Fax an order to 212-947-0108
  • emailing their Customer Service Representatives. Or
  • visit their web site to complete the online form

For a list of current year issue topics click here PLEASE NOTE: Our CE providership for Seminars in Speech and Language began in 2000. Issues of the journals published before that time were handled by another provider, and this prior provider no longer processes submissions. We regret that, due to ASHA CE requirements, we cannot process any CE materials from another provider. If you have questions about this, please contact the ASHA Continuing Education Board for clarification ( continuinged@asha.org ). 

NOTE TO CLASSROOM INSTRUCTORS: All Seminars in Speech & Language issues may be purchased for class adoption at a discounted rate of $10 per issue (10 copies minimum, delivered to a campus store). Call Thieme for more information. 

Thieme is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is offered for varying levels of CEUs, usually at the intermediate level and professional area. Specific credit and area information is provided at the end of each journal issue. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

ASHA Approval for Thieme

 

 

Seminars in Hearing

Seminars in Hearing Language Cover

Seminars in Hearing is published by Thieme. Each issue carries a varying number of CE credits, typically between .5 and 1.5 CEUs. The number of CEUs for any given issue is indicated in the information at the end of the issue, together with other filing information and the answer sheet. Each issue is eligible for self-study for three years after its publication date. This journal is available in two different subscription forms: (1) half-annual subscription (two issues/year) for $39 (2.0 CEUs possible) that are either adult- or child-focused (your choice) (2) annual subscription (four issues/year) for $69 (4.0 CEUs possible) To subscribe, contact Thieme by:

  • calling 1-800-782-3488 (USA only) or at 212-760-0888 (9-5:30 EST daily)
  • Fax an order to 212-947-0108
  • emailing their Customer Service Representatives. Or
  • visit their web site to complete the online form

For a list of current year issue topics click here .

PLEASE NOTE: Our CE providership for Seminars in Hearing began in 2000. Issues of the journals published before that time were handled by another provider, and this prior provider no longer processes submissions. We regret that, due to ASHA CE requirements, we cannot process any CE materials from another provider. If you have questions about this, please contact the ASHA Continuing Education Board for clarification ( continuinged@asha.org ). 

NOTE TO CLASSROOM INSTRUCTORS: All Seminars in Hearing issues may be purchased for class adoption at a discounted rate of $10 per issue (10 copies minimum, delivered to a campus store). Call Thieme for more information. 

The Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 4 CEUs per year. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. 



Thieme is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is offered for varying levels of CEUs, usually at the intermediate level and professional area. Specific credit and area information is provided at the end of each journal issue. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.  
ASHA Approval for Thieme

 

 

Journal of Fluency Disorders

Journal of Fluency Disorders Cover

We offer ASHA CEUs for the Journal of Fluency Disorders (Elsevier Publishers, Inc). This is a quarterly journal, consisting of research and practice articles, reviews, etc. focusing on fluency disorders. Each issue carries a varying number of CE credits, typically between .5 and 1.5 CEUs. The number of CEUs for any given issue is indicated in the information at the end of the issue, together with other filing information and the answer sheet. Each issue is eligible for self-study for three years after its publication date. 
The personal subscription rate is $176 for four issues. Subscription may be obtained by calling Elsevier toll-free at 1-888-4ES-INFO. Further information regarding subscriptions, contents, and viewing journal articles online in full-text version through Science Direct is available at the Elsevier website 
PLEASE NOTE : International Fluency Association members can obtain this journal at an incredible discount: if you join the IFA for $85, you will receive JFD as part of your membership. You can join IFA and subscribe at the IFA home page. 

Journal of Fluency Disorders is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is offered for varying levels of CEUs, usually at the intermediate level and professional area. Specific credit and area information is provided at the end of each journal issue. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

ASHA Approval for Elsevier

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How soon will I get my CE results?
 

We mark each test as it arrives, and notify you immediately by e-mail (preferable, if you have supplied one) or by surface mail, along with a certificate indicating successful completion of the activity.

 

NOTICE ON PROCESSING TIME FOR CEU MATERIALS: Our goal for processing all submissions is 48 hours. HOWEVER, please be advised that we are located on a University Campus, and that state-mandated holidays and breaks may make it difficult to meet this turnaround, especially around the time of December and March breaks, when our staff is reduced. In addition, growing numbers of CE applicants attempt to submit materials only days (sometimes hours!) before their license renewals are due. Please be advised that we CANNOT GUARANTEE that certificates will be delivered in time, if they arrive to us LESS THAN SEVEN DAYS before your filing deadline.

 

If you have a licensure deadline or other emergency, you should notify us ahead of time, preferably by email so that we can attempt to meet your needs. Participants may fax materials at any time for processing. All certificates will be dated, for CEU completion purposes, by the date received by our offices by fax or mail, not the date they are marked; thus, if you submit an activity by fax on December 31, 2012, it will be recorded as completed by that date. If you send an activity by mail in late December that cannot be delivered to our offices until January 2, 2013, your certificate will be issued to reflect the January date.

 

 

What is the criterion for passing?

You must answer 80% of the questions correctly to pass the journal activity. If you do not answer enough questions correctly, we will notify you immediately and give you additional opportunities to answer the questions that you missed. Please note: We do not write the questions; they are submitted by journal authors (in other words, please don't kill the messenger if you need to retake questions). If you have concerns about the nature of questions or answers that are considered correct, please let us know, and we will pass this information on to the journal editors.

 

When is my activity considered complete?
 

You will receive a dated certificate (delivered as e-mail attachment or by surface mail), indicating the specific date that we marked your CEU forms. This date is the one you may use in reporting to state and local agencies when reporting your annual CEU activities.

 

When are my results reported to ASHA (and AAA for Seminars in Hearing)?
 

If you are a member of the ASHA or AAA registry, we will send your CE reports to these organizations on a quarterly basis. CE activities are currently reported to the registry on March 15, May 15, September 15, and December 15th.

 

Why are scores reported quarterly?
 

CE registries such as ASHA's typically require that a continuously ongoing activity, such as journal-based CE, file on a few selected dates each year, rather than continuously. While we send YOU continuous and immediate confirmation of your activities to use in state and local reporting, your results may take a few months to show up on the ASHA registry. Your CEs are considered earned when we notify you, not when they are later posted to the registry. That is why we send you an individual confirmatory certificate right after you complete each issue.

 

 

Why do I need to provide my ASHA or AAA number?
 

The CE registries that we report to, ASHA and AAA, require some way to identify you. For ASHA, we need either your ASHA number, and for AAA, we need your AAA number. This is to ensure that there are no mix-ups or delays in getting your activity posted accurately to the registries.  If you do not know your ASHA number, please call their action line at 800-498-2071 or write to actioncenter@asha.org.

 

Do issues ever expire for continuing education credit?

Each journal issue is typically approved for three years of CE activity. For example, all 2011 issues of our journals are available for CE study through 2014. However, when you complete a 2011 issue in 2014, your CE completion date will show as 2014: the date you completed the activity, not the date of the issue.

 

If you have a question regarding the validity of a certain journal activity, please contact the CE Assistant.
 

Please explain the costs of the journal activity:

The CEU handling charge is paid once per journal volume and applies to any of the journals that we administer (currently, Seminars in Hearing, Seminars in Speech and Language, and Journal of Fluency Disorders). This means you pay this charge once to complete the activities in any particular volume, regardless of the calendar year that the activity is completed in. For example, you may pay $60 for participating in the 2013 quarterly issues of the Journal of Fluency Disorders. For this price, you may complete all four issues, for all available CEUs, or only a portion of them. Unfortunately, if you do not complete all four issues, we do not refund a portion of your registration fee. Also, you may not mix journal years. If you do activities from both the 2013 and 2014 volumes of a journal, for example, you must submit two separate registration forms and fees. Charges cover our paperwork in getting the issue approved for CE credit, processing your test questions, issuing you a certificate of completion and sending your paperwork to appropriate registries.

Our processing charges are much lower than those of most other journals for the numbers of CEUs you may obtain and are a tremendous savings over onsite conferences and workshops. However, processing and registry reporting of journal CEUs is very paper intensive and does require us to charge you appropriately.

 

Can I still receive credit for prior issues in the volume I am reading?

Yes! You may register and pay the annual charge at any point (even in December!), and then complete any of the journal year issues, in any order. Just make sure the volume has not expired. Each journal issue is typically approved for three years of CE activity. If you have a question regarding the validity of a certain journal activity, please contact the CE Assistant.

 

 

Who should I contact with further questions?

There are a number of ways to contact us if you have a question about your CE activities. The best and fastest way tends to be e-mail, which we monitor virtually 24/7, regardless of University schedules. You may contact Nan Ratner (nratner@umd.edu) or the CE Assistant if you have questions or wish to inquire about the status of submitted activities. You may also fax us at 301-314-2023, or call at 301-405-7361 and leave a voice mail. To facilitate us, please be sure to indicate your full name, the Journal you are self-studying, the issue number you are inquiring about, and the nature of your question . We will return your query promptly.

 

 

Contact Us

Direct all questions to the CE graduate assistant:

Candace Nuzzo Michiels
Email: hesp_ceu@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-7361
Fax: 301-314-2023

 

Questions that cannot be answered by the assistant should be directed toward Dr. Nan Ratner:

Email: nratner@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-4217

 

Send all mail submissions to:

Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Attn: CEU Processing
Lefrak Hall, Room 0100
College Park, MD 20742

Fax Submissions: 301-314-2023