By: Dr. Christine Myers
In an earlier blog I discussed how the EKU Online Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree benefits occupational therapists through advanced training in evidence-based and occupation-based practice, as well as strengthening leadership skills so necessary for the profession as we begin to make our way under the Affordable Care Act.
Another benefit of earning an OTD is the ability to teach in an occupational therapy education program. Many occupational therapists enjoy teaching fieldwork students and have an interest in moving their teaching beyond the clinic and into the classroom. A doctoral degree is highly valued in academia since the majority of full-time faculty in occupational therapy education programs must hold doctorates in order to meet accreditation standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). In addition to full-time faculty positions, adjunct faculty positions are often available. Doctorally trained occupational therapists are highly valued for these positions because a post-professional OTD signifies the attainment of advanced practice skills. The EKU Online OTD Program offers coursework in teaching, pedagogy, and adult learning as well as practicum experiences in college teaching that provide the background needed for teaching in an occupational therapy education program. In the next blog I will explore another benefit of the OTD for practicing occupational therapists.
Learn more about the online OTD Program at EKU.