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This Post-Professional Certificate Program is designed for faculty members of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educational programs around the country interested in academic administration and educational leadership. Future faculty members may benefit from these courses, as well. 

The certificate will require the completion of at least 12 credit hours of instruction, including formal course work and optional practicum and independent study courses. The faculty members who will be offering courses in the certificate program have extensive backgrounds in education, leadership, and administration. The certificate would be available to students that complete a 12-credit-hour course of study over a 2 to 5-year period. This program will allow non-degree seeking students as well as degree (PhD or tDPT) seeking students to earn a recognized academic certificate. Two or three courses for the certificate program will be offered on a 2 to 3 year cycle.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Certificate in Physical Therapy Academic Administration/Leadership must:

  • Hold at least an earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university. The bachelor’s degree must be substantially equivalent to a bachelor’s degree granted by TWU.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all prior graduate work.
  • Present an official transcript from each university or college attended with degree earned indicated on the transcript.
  • Submit evidence of current licensure to practice physical therapy or equivalent documentation to practice to Mary Beth Daugherty. If your country does not license physiotherapists, you should submit some equivalent documentation of your qualification to practice physiotherapy (this may be your degree).
  • Apply to the University.

Standardized examinations such as the GRE are not required.  However, the applicant has the option of submitting scores voluntarily.


Course Requirements

A Certificate from TWU School of Physical Therapy implies mastery of the knowledge and skills in the certificate area.  Therefore, in addition to the Graduate School requirement that students who enroll in graduate courses must maintain a 3.0 GPA on all graduate-level courses taken at TWU, only one course where a C was earned will be applied toward the Certificate in Physical Therapy Academic Administration/Leadership.  Formal courses can be taken in any order.

Tentative Schedule

Course Descriptions

PT 6523. Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy. To prepare for a career in physical therapy education. Exposure to fundamental concepts and techniques that contribute to good teaching and enhanced learning. Includes theories of learning, teaching styles, methods of instruction, syllabus development, and the evaluation/assessment of teaching and learning.

PT 6533. Academic Issues in Physical Therapist Education.  Advanced study of organizational and functional aspects of a professional eduational program in a university setting. Includes university structure and governance, models of scholarship, faculty roles, faculty issues (tenure, promotion, academic freedom, development), student issues (recruitment, retention, advising/mentoring), and clinical education.

PT 6543. Academic Leadership in Physical Therapist Education.  Advanced study of theoretical, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of leadership, with consideration of self, other, and organizational leaderships within academic institutions, professional associations, specific disciplines, governance entities, and related communities of interest. Includes theories of leadership and professional development and interpersonal, informational, and decisional roles

PT 6553. Academic Administration in Physical Therapist Education.  Advanced study of historical and current responsibilities, issues, and skills for academic administration in physical therapy. Includes educational leadership; faculty recruitment, retention, and development; program development, assessment, and revision; evaluative criteria for accreditation; and promotion of faculty instruction, scholarship, and service.

PT 6103. Advanced Practicum in Physical Therapy.  Supervised experience in an academic environment under the mentorship of a full time administrator at a fully accredited university. Students must have a plan of study approved prior to the commencement of the semester. In addition, each student should expect to spend at least one half day per week in residence for the entire term. A written report of the experience will be due at the end of the semester.

PT 6913. Independent Study. Variable content. Individual research or study relating to a problem of professional interest and significance.

For information about this certificate program, please contact Dr. Mary Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS, Post-professional Programs Director-Dallas, at

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Physcial Therapy Academic Administration and Leadership [pdf]

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