Doctor of Education

Columbia University’s Programs in Occupational Therapy is one of the oldest yet exceptionally progressive programs to educate occupational therapists. The Movement Science/Kinesiology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University was the first program in the US to offer a graduate degree with a specialization in Motor Learning. The two programs have teamed up to offer a unique program leading to the EdD in Movement Science with a specialization in Occupational Therapy.

This program will allow students who already have a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and clinical experience to gain from combining study in both areas. Students take core and research preparation coursework in the Movement Science program, and coursework in the Occupational Therapy Program. The research would be carried out largely under the supervision of Occupational Therapy faculty, with the additional support of Movement Science faculty.

This degree is directed toward preparing the current and the next generation of leaders in Occupational Therapy with interests in movement and daily function. These leaders will assume professorial roles in Universities and Colleges within departments of Occupational Therapy. The degree may lead to:

  • Tenure-track faculty position in Occupational Therapy departments emphasizing teaching and applied research
  • Research Coordinator (university, hospital, clinic)
  • Director/Administrator (university, teaching hospital)