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Education Track

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Education Track, is made up of 8 core courses and 4 elective courses for a total of 36 credits. This track prepares students for faculty and administrative roles in occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs. The courses are offered completely online. Please see below for descriptions of the courses.

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
MHE500 Introduction to Higher Education Administration 3

This course provides a basic introduction to the administration of colleges and universities in modern-day America, including the role and purpose of various functions and departments and major organizational participants (e.g., faculty, students, administration/staff, board). Current topics affecting college and university operation are reviewed.

Introductory courses on higher education most often focus on structure (i.e., how institutions are governed internally and controlled externally) or critical issues (e.g., access, tenure, affirmative action). This course will combine the two. Most of the course will entail examining critical issues from the perspectives of key stakeholders such as presidents, faculty and students.

MHE505 Organization and Governance of Higher Education 3

This course provides an overview of the organizational characteristics and processes of colleges and universities with an emphasis upon the governance structures that is, the process for making major policy decisions. Additionally, students will be introduced to the sources of power and influence typically found in academic organizations, along with the primary issues related to organizations and governance of higher education.

MHE610 Higher Education Curriculum Development 3

This course requires a comprehensive understanding of curricula found in higher education. It briefly examines the historical and philosophical foundations from which current curricular models developed. MHE 610 covers current practices in curriculum development in colleges and universities and engages students in the practices of curriculum planning, design, and implementation. Students focus their specific attention on the practices and impact of assessment and accreditation as related to curriculum development.

MHE620 The Contemporary College Student 3

This course provides an overview of characteristics, experiences and outcomes of increasingly diverse students (including traditional and non-traditional students) in higher education today. The course examines varied higher education campus environments and their impact on student learning, and various cultural contexts which shape and influence student life. Specific attention will be given to the implications for areas of administrative practice within colleges and universities, e.g. student affairs, enrollment management, academic affairs, and marketing.

OTD701 Utilization of Research in Evidence Based Practice 3

Examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidence based practice with applicability to advanced occupational therapy practice. Attention is given to critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Emphasis on how research contributes to the development of occupational therapy knowledge, improves practice, and enhances the education and professional accountability of occupational therapy practitioners.

OTD702 Application of Occupational Science 3

This course explores advanced clinical applications of the occupational therapy practice framework as well as descriptive, relational, predictive, and prescriptive aspects of occupational science with a focus on application to advanced occupational therapy clinical practice.

OTD703 Community Practice, Program Development, and Entrepreneurship 3

This course discusses the foundation, theoretical framework, and role of occupational therapy in community practice. This course also thoroughly explores the program development process, entrepreneurship, and business fundamentals in occupational therapy.

OTD704 Bioethics 3

This course provides an opportunity for students to assess ethical and legal issues confronting occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare providers in a variety of practice settings, focusing on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying occupational therapy and health care. The course focuses on ethical concepts, theories, and values applied in ethical decision-making that are related to a variety of ethical dilemmas in health and social settings.

OTD705 Leadership and Advocacy 3

This course explores leadership theory and application to current and future practice. Students also examine advocacy in the occupational therapy profession. Current issues and trends in the occupational therapy field are discussed.

OTD797 Capstone Professional Writing and Proposal 3

Students focus on professional writing skills and clinical reasoning to develop a proposal for their capstone project. Through participation in this course, students will identify relevant issues impacting occupational therapy in their specialty area. A literature review into a specific area of inquiry and a detailed proposal for implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the capstone project will be completed.

OTD798 Capstone Project Implementation and Evaluation 3

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate advanced skills in evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Students will implement and evaluate a project that reflects an identified area of need. The course is conducted in a seminar format with students working independently, but engaging in online discussions with faculty and students.

OTD799 Capstone Project Dissemination 3

Students further synthesize outcomes of the capstone project and will demonstrate their understanding of advanced occupational therapy concepts. Dissemination of findings from the capstone project will be completed with a focus on demonstrating skills as a clinical scholar.