Excellence in Fieldwork Criteria: Fieldwork Educator

The following criteria are designed for recognition of current practice as well as preparing fieldwork for the future as the profession moves to realize the Centennial Vision. An exemplar of an excellent clinical educator demonstrates:
  • AOTA and occupational therapy state association membership
  • participation in continuing education related to supervision, teaching, and evaluation of learning or mentoring
  • active engagement in ethical, evidence-based, and occupation-centered practice
  • positive evaluations from students who completed their fieldwork experiences with this clinical educator
  • a 5-year history of providing consistent fieldwork education to students
  • proactive collaboration with other professionals, serving as a team member role model
  • skills at the master clinician level and presents them as a model for students
  • awareness of where his or her practice fits within the profession
  • recognition of the uniqueness of each student and adapts his or her supervisory style accordingly
  • active engagement in evaluation of his or her own effectiveness as a supervisor in addition to the fieldwork program
  • Contributions to occupational therapy education beyond the fieldwork site (i.e., provides in-services, is a guest lecturer at a college, speaks at a community center, assists with admission interviews at local occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant education program, serves on committees at local OT/OTA education program, and so on)
  • leadership within a professional association that promotes the values of the profession