Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Sciences & Disorders


The purpose of this study was to accumulate current information which would provide a description of the training, present status, and perceived role of clinical supervisors in college and university speech and hearing training programs.

A questionnaire was prepared that was designed to provide the required information. Of the 1,170 questionnaires mailed to the Chairpersons of 208 Speech and Hearing programs, 501 completed questionnaires (43 percent of the total questionnaires) were returned, from 151 programs (70 percent of the total programs sampled). The data were analyzed in terms of total number of responses and total percentages of the entire sample. In addition, comparison was made between male and female respondents on certain items and between respondents from accredited and non-accredited programs on certain items.

Results obtained indicated that there are variations between male and female supervisors in total number, age, number of years of employment, gross salary per year, academic degree held, and tenure status. There were virtually no differences indicated between accredited and non-accredited programs with the exception that accredited programs are more likely to offer the doctorate degree.

Supervisory procedures listed from greatest to least usage were: 1) post therapy conferences, 2) lesson plans, 3) objective evaluation systems, 4) videotape, 5) audiotape, and 6) other. It was evident from the responses to the various questions concerning methods of clinical supervision that a large variation exists in procedures used throughout the country.