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Educational Innovations


Securing effective and quality fieldwork experiences is an area of concern in occupational therapy education. Academic Fieldwork Coordinators and occupational therapy programs are looking for new models and innovative methods of instruction to provide fieldwork experiences to students. A team of occupational therapy faculty developed and implemented an innovative Level I fieldwork model called Service and Experiential Learning Through Engagement in the Community (SELTEC). The model incorporates service and experiential learning while engaging the occupational therapy program and faculty educators in the community. The SELTEC model utilizes the student, educational system, and community to promote a service relationship to provide effective quality fieldwork education. The objective of the paper is to a) introduce the SELTEC model units and principles, and b) provide the application of the model across three practice areas. The model serves as a solution for occupational therapy programs by providing Level I fieldwork experiences within strategic clinical partnerships while utilizing faculty-led instruction to facilitate peer-to-peer, experiential, and service learning opportunities during fieldwork education.


Andrea Brown, MSOT, OTR/L is employed at Arkansas State University where she serves as OTA Program Director and Assistant Professor. She received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007. Her clinical areas of expertise include early intervention, sensory integration, and pediatrics.

Amanda Mohler, OTD, OTR/L is employed with at Arkansas State University as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor. She received a Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in 2013. Her clinical expertise includes rehabilitation principles with occupation-based theories to support adults with chronic health conditions.

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