ACAE Accreditation Standards

 2016 Standards | 2005 Standards

Entry Points for ACAE Accreditation

Developing Status (new AuD) Programs:

Academic institutions who have new AuD programs and have not yet begun admitting students may apply for ACAE Developing Status. Developing Status refers to the first stage of appraising the quality of academic programs in development. These are programs that have already attained recognition by their academic institutions.

Ongoing (established AuD) Programs:

Academic institutions that currently have ongoing, established AuD programs may apply under this category for accreditation.  These are formal audiology programs that have graduated at least one cohort of students and may have received an accreditation status from another agency.  These audiology programs are usually located within a college or school of a university that has been regionally or nationally accredited.


For an AuD program to be eligible for accreditation by the ACAE, a university department, school or college of Audiology must:

  • Demonstrate the feasibility of an AuD degree program in terms of demographics, public need, student interest, and availability of clinical facilities;
  • Be part of a nonprofit institution that is devoted primarily to education and regionally accredited or nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE). For programs in institutions outside of the United States, the institution is recognized by the appropriate governmental agency.
  • Be legally authorized by the appropriate authorizing agency in the state in which the program is located to confer the AuD degree upon graduates in recognition of their successful completion of study in Audiology; and
  • Have appointed a Program Director qualified as specified in ACAE’s standards (Standard # 6) responsible for the administration of the AuD degree program.