Teaching in the Digital Age


College of Rehabilitation Sciences




Center City






16 Months


The curriculum consists of four graduate-level courses (a total of 12 credits) that can be used toward a Doctoral degree.

Course Title


OT 782 Leadership: Moving Beyond Traditional Roles  3 Spring
OT 783 Bridging the Gap between Classroom and Clinical Practice  3 Summer
OT 784 College Teaching in the Digital Age  3 Fall
OT 785 The Evidence Base of Teaching: Advanced Curriculum Development  3 Fall

Course Descriptions

 3 credits

  • Gain understanding and synthesize information from diverse fields, including leadership theory, health policy, sociopolitical systems, health and disability and health policy
  • Explore various leadership theories
  • Synthesize knowledge from current health, political and social trends to forecast needs and opportunities for the future; analyze how these trends and policies affect heath policy, healthcare professionals and individuals with disabilities

 3 credits

  • Gain an in-depth review of strategies and best practices to prepare entry-level students to enter clinical practice and integrate OT theory and research into practice
  • Learn methods that encourage and build upon upon the mutual flow of ideas between educator and clinician and have the potential to move practice forward
  • Identify the key strategies of educator/clinician collaboration and negotiation to enhance the use of evidence in daily clinical practice

 3 credits

  • Review the history, theory and trends in higher education that will equip learners with the foundational knowledge necessary for teaching roles in academic settings
  • Examine the theoretical basis and practical application of specific teaching strategies that can be applied in online, classroom and clinical settings
  • Examine topics related to learner issues/needs, motivation and diversity
  • Study principles of course development and delivery of instruction through traditional strategies and newer technologies for online education such as blogs, wikis, web conferencing and virtual environments

3 credits

  • Gain a comprehensive introduction to course development, implementation and evaluation within the context of applicable standards, learning theory and college/university mission
  • Integrate educational theory, research and practice using a full range of delivery strategies, including traditional lectures, laboratory formats, stimulations, and online learning
  • Synthesize concepts and skills from previous teaching courses (typically taken as the last course in the certificate but may be approved with permission of the instructor)

Applying Your Certificate to Our Doctoral Program

The Teaching in the Digital Age Certificate courses can be applied as electives in the Post-Professional OTD Program that complement their desired career plan).

If you have questions about the Teaching in the Digital Age Certificate, please contact:

Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L
Course Facilitator/Course Coordinator
Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Contact Number: 215-503-9610