Baylor Occupational Therapy Launches Certificate in Hybrid Teaching

March 28, 2024
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The Department of Occupational Therapy in Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to introduce a new program offering—the Certificate in Hybrid Teaching for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner.

Home to one of the premier hybrid doctor of occupational therapy programs in the country, the Baylor Department of Occupational Therapy is well-equipped to offer training and professional development in the specialized area of hybrid teaching and learning. The certificate program is structured to guide students' personal and professional growth to become educational innovators and professional leaders to meet the changing demands of occupational therapy education and the occupational therapy profession.

“Our Baylor faculty stand out as experts in hybrid teaching, seamlessly integrating innovative digital strategies with traditional teaching methods,” said Marian Gillard, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. “This approach significantly enhances student engagement and success, meeting the demands of today’s evolving educational environment.”

The Certificate in Hybrid Teaching is a five course, nine-month program with courses offered exclusively online. Classes are primarily asynchronous with occasional opportunities for synchronous engagement with faculty and peers. Applicants must be licensed to practice occupational therapy and have completed a degree in a relevant field of study at the bachelor’s level or higher. Occupational therapists, occupational therapy faculty, and occupational therapy assistants who meet the qualifications can all benefit from the program and are encouraged to apply.

Graduates of Baylor’s certificate program will have a strong understanding of best practices in hybrid teaching, have developed the skills to design learning activities and assessments, and be equipped to influence the occupational therapy profession through education and/or advocacy activities. By the end of the program, students will have produced an electronic teaching portfolio that showcases the technical and pedagogical skills they developed throughout their studies.

In addition to the program’s standalone benefits, eligible students may also use the Certificate in Hybrid Teaching as a bridge to Baylor’s Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD) program. A student interested in pursuing the PP-OTD program at a slower pace may pursue the certificate, and if the student meets the admissions requirements for the PP-OTD program, she or he can transition into the full program after completing the certificate.

“Baylor’s Certificate in Hybrid Teaching is an incredible opportunity for any OT practitioner—no matter their physical location,” said Barbara Doucet, PhD, OTR, Post-professional OTD Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor. “Certificate students have the opportunity to advance their skills through a practical, timely hybrid teaching specialization program and to be an exciting part of educating future generations of occupational therapists!”

Learn more about Baylor University’s Certificate in Hybrid Teaching for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner at