The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration and downloadable handout, ebook, and project forms.
Financial — Catherine Curran is the author of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Catherine Curran has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Karin Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, professor emerita, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, is currently an adjunct professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to working in higher education, Karin worked at a non-profit agency and in public schools. After joining the professoriate, she continued to provide intervention services to children and adults with communication differences and disorders. Areas of research, writing, and teaching have included the areas of fluency, literacy, early intervention, and speech sound disorders.
Financial — Karin Johnson is the author of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Karin Johnson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 888-696-9655.
What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
Please click here for any special needs requests, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
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“This was a fantastic course. I can even apply the information to my children.” – M.T (Oct. 2020)
"The breakdown of each activity that relates to the writing project was good. I liked the very specific goals and procedures." – D.S. (Mar. 2020)
"I appreciated the strategies and how well organized the course was." – M.S.L. (Dec. 2019)
"Breaking down the projects into steps was most helpful." – L.S. (Sept. 2019)
"I liked the forms that detailed the various text types." – A.M. (Aug. 2019)
"I appreciate the evidence-based practice and real-life examples." – L.M. (Aug. 2019)
"I love the idea of students picking their own topics based on their interest." – J.S. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked that it provided instructional strategies that students can use in any subject. I also liked the metacognitive mechanisms built in so that the students have opportunities to evaluate their own understanding and growth. The strategies instruction and pre-made forms were especially helpful." – C.W. (Dec. 2018)
"It was a refreshing perspective on teaching the subject matter. Overall, it was good." – B.W. (Nov. 2018)
"I like how the authors presented information and then embedded it in a functional layout." – M.H. (Nov. 2018)
"I appreciated the in-depth descriptions of expository text." – D.P. (June 2018)
"I liked the graphic organizers to help students record results of research and emphasizing that it's a group project so that the research and writing projects are not overwhelming to students. The explanations of different expository text types and features and how to teach those to students were very helpful." – P.D. (Feb. 2018)
"I enjoyed everything, and I especially liked that I can use this information also with my children." – J.F. (Nov. 2017)
"The section on paraphrasing and summarizing related to age expectations was most beneficial." – C.B. (Oct. 2017)
"The explanations of the projects and the forms used to complete those were excellent. Getting the graphic organizers was great." – K.L. (Sept. 2017)
"Very organized with specific examples. I like that I can complete it at home." – A.M. (Aug. 2017)
"I appreciated the templates/graphic organizers, but the speakers were so monotonous and boring to listening to." – M.A. (July 2017)
"There was so much that was beneficial - the definition of the writing as being a goal or a vehicle for intervention; the importance of background knowledge to reading comprehension; teaching text structures/features; the notion of increasing metacognitive skills. However, the population with whom I work is only learning to read and write and in general the goals of this course were geared to an older population." – R.R. (July 2017)
"The use of students setting their own goals and analyzing the strategies they used before and after the project was most helpful." – J.E. (June 2017)
"I really enjoyed the discussion on strategy introduction, and I found the course highly informative and replete with supplemental materials, bibliography, and inclusive of process steps." – D.H. (May 2017)
"Going over how to organize specific information related to the reading/writing process was most beneficial." – M.N.T. (Apr. 2017)
"With the new state assessments requiring students to complete written responses to passages, this is PERFECT for the SLP working in the school setting! I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. It was paced well, clearly spoken, and had great visuals. The work put into the e-book is fantastic! THIS course will be EXTREMELY helpful in working with and performing interventions with ALL students. It can even be used IN the CLASSROOM! Kudos ladies! :) You've made ONE VERY HAPPY SLP!!! This is excellent material! Thank you, thank you, thank you!" – P.S. (Apr. 2017)
"Very helpful with good repetition of goals in different formats. Forms are useful and ready to use. I began thinking about how to use with my high school special ed students as I was taking the course." – J.M. (Apr. 2017)
"The course provided wonderful insight into the intricacies of expository text that was presented in a manner that is adaptable for students of varying skill levels. The information was well researched and supported with evidence based practice, and the materials easily apply to goals targeting receptive/expressive language in addition to written language. The presentation was well organized and learning outcomes were explained well throughout. I enjoyed this well put together course. The PowerPoint presentation worked well, and the handouts were very well put together and will be an amazing resource. I feel as though the course materials will be easily adaptable to multiple settings and skill levels, and the project based learning examples sound so fun and exciting!" – K.C. (Mar. 2017)
"I love the graphic organizers and the materials presented with this course. Overall, it is very well researched and was developed with a realistic idea of what school SLPs need. I will recommend it to my SLP peers, as well as my Language Interventionists. Very thorough, and evidence based." – R.G. (Mar. 2017)