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Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this research project was to compare how the implementation of a learning module, titled The Fieldwork Educator Competency Module altered the perceived level of preparedness of occupational therapy (OT) practitioners related to their role as a fieldwork educator (FWEd) for Level II OT students. A quantitative, pre-experimental, one group pretest-posttest research design was used. All components of the research took place in an online, virtual setting. Participants were OT practitioners who were eligible to be a Level II FWEd. Results indicate a positive change for at least one participant for each question of the survey. The largest number of respondents (62.5%) reported a change in their level of preparedness to self-identify and implement a FWEd professional development plan. Furthermore, 56.25% of respondents identified a change in preparedness with regards to using current supervision models and theories to facilitate student performance and professional behavior, and 50% reported a positive change related to feeling prepared to designing and implementing a fieldwork program in accordance to accreditation standards as well as feeling prepared to identify the legal and healthcare policies that influence fieldwork and supervision guidelines. Outcomes show that the use of the online learning module had a positive impact on the overall level of preparedness of those that participated. This study has implications for the occupational therapy profession specifically regarding best practices that should be used to prepare OT practitioners for the role of FWEd, as well as decreasing the shortage of qualified and prepared FWEds.

Faculty Mentor

Casey Humphrey, OTD, MHA, OTR/L, CBIS, CDRS

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Camille Skubik-Peplaski, PhD, OTR/L FAOTA

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

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