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Educational Perspectives, Objectives, Philosophy and Values

MOT Educational Perspective

We aspire to create active and experiential learning opportunities that promote critical, reflective, and transformative thinking resulting in a graduate who is on a never ending quest for knowledge and growth. The curriculum is designed for the student to develop contemporary and future professional role identities through human and social interaction. There are five role identities that emerge through the learning opportunities in the occupational therapy curriculum. The five role identities are: perceiver, learner, thinker, engager, and innovator. Integration of these identities occurs through scaffolding learning opportunities and participating in novel and challenging situations for students to explore and reflect on their knowledge and abilities within guided and supported contexts. 
Perceiver: a person who is aware of and can discriminate the factors influencing human occupation. 
Learner: a person who is resourceful in acquiring information about a situation and can adapt to dynamic and changing situations. 
Thinker: a person who critically analyzes and synthesizes information for clinical and professional decision making.
Engager: a person who actively participates and contributes to educational, clinical, service, and scholarly activities.
Innovator: a person who hypothesizes, imagines, and implements novel approaches that positively impact the health of individuals and society.

MOT Program Objectives

1. Create extraordinary entry-level occupational therapists who can adapt to diverse situations.
2. Create occupational therapists who use client centered and evidenced based principles in practice.
3. Create broad thinkers who imagine occupational therapy’s role to promote a person’s participation in society considering societal needs, policy, and trends.
4. Create inspired thinkers who can bring clinically relevant and fresh perspectives to a situation.  
5. Create innovators who can enact individual action and social reform to foster productive and meaningful living.


We believe people are biologically, emotionally, and socially empowered to participate in life. People achieve meaningful health and well-being when participating in life activities and when they have the ability to adaptively respond to the supports and constraints in the environment. We believe occupational therapy empowers people to make informed choices for meaningful participation in life activities.


We believe occupational therapy education, practice, and research must be authentically occupation-based; client, family and culturally centered using a collaborative multidisciplinary approach; and address the dynamic interaction of the human experience in the environment. We believe occupational therapy education, practice, and research creates opportunities and innovations to serve the needs of individuals, populations, and organizations. 


We aspire to be a cutting edge educational and research center that honors Temple University’s occupational therapy legacy, challenges current practice and research, and creates new pathways for occupational therapists.