University of Northern Iowa
School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services
Division of Athletic Training
Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree
Rehabilitation Science Intensive Study Area
Student Outcomes Assessment Plan
A. THE PROGRAM
This area of intensive study is designed to prepare Certified Athletic Trainers and/or
other allied health professionals to plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise
educational programs. Graduates will be prepared for careers as athletic training
program directors, clinical coordinators, applied scholars, and practicing clinicians. This
program focuses on a holistic approach of preparing students by including
administration, education, and rehabilitation science within it curriculum. The program is
relatively new and the first student entered the program in the spring of 2008.
However, the program is in a state of transition. Following a University Wide Program
Assessment in 2009, the EdD - Rehabilitation Science Intensive Study Area (ISA) is
being merged into a broader ISA within the school of HPELS. Therefore it is the
faculty’s understanding that the program will no longer exist after 2010 and students
seeking admission into this ISA will be admitted only into the HPELS merged ISA. It is
uncertain from which program students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Studies
ISA will ultimately graduate. The number of graduates for this ISA will range from one
– three. The first student is scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2012.
B. PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES
As it is the mission of the program to prepare graduates to be successful in academia
and/or enhance their practitioner skills, the following areas encompass the essential
program outcomes:
1. Scholarship
2. Athletic Training Education Program, as guided by the Commission of
Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), knowledge and
competence
3. Advanced knowledge in rehabilitation and other practitioner skills
4. Leadership
5. Teaching
C. STUDENT OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCIES
OUTCOME I. Scholarship: The students will demonstrate the ability to develop
new knowledge through scholarship and to mentor others through
the process.
Graduates will demonstrate:
Competency 1.1 An established line of research with potential for publication,
presentation, and external funding that will advance the profession of athletic
training.
1.1A: Advanced knowledge in research design, data collection, statistical
analyses, interpretation, etc.
1.1Ai. Completion of original research from creation – through
analysis and interpretation.
1.1B: Competence in disseminating empirical knowledge.
1.1Bi. Publication of full manuscripts in peer reviewed professional
journals.
1.1Bii. Publication of presentation abstracts in peer reviewed
professional journals.
1.1Biii.Presentation of original research at professional symposia.
1.1Biv.Presentation of current topics and expertise at professional
workshops, sessions, etc.
1.1C: Competence in research grant writing.
1.1Ci. Submission of application (research grant) for external
research funding
1.1Cii. Submission of application (research grant) for internal
research funding
Competency 1.2 The ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students
thorough the research process, including dissemination of the results.
1.2A: The ability to teach and guide other students in research design,
data collection, statistical analyses, interpretation, etc.
1.2Ai. Advising and coordinating undergraduate research projects.
1.2Aii. Advising and coordinating graduate research projects.
1.2B: Competence in mentoring students in disseminating empirical
knowledge.
1.2Bi. Record of publication of presentation abstracts in peer
reviewed professional journals.
1.2Bii.Record of mentoring students in presentation of original
research at professional symposia.
1.2Biii.Record of mentoring students in presentations of current
topics at professional workshops, sessions, etc.
1.2Biv.Record of mentoring students in presentations of current
topics and research at University sponsored symposia.
OUTCOME II. Program Administration: The students will demonstrate knowledge
and competence in the CAATE standards that guide Athletic Training
Education Programs.
Graduates will demonstrate:
Competency 2.1 The ability to interpret and organize the required teaching
content listed in the current competency and proficiency matrix established for
entry-level programs.
2.1A: The ability to organize and assign specific content to specific
courses within a CAATE approved program.
2.1Ai. The ability to assign and organize each competency and
proficiency within a curriculum, including sequencing and
student outcome assessment.
2.1B: The ability to complete the self-study process as mandated by
CAATE.
2.1Bi. Competence in conducting the self-study process by
producing the required documents for the self study
process.
OUTCOME III. Advanced Knowledge: The students will demonstrate advanced
knowledge in rehabilitation and other professional skills.
Graduates will demonstrate:
Competency 3.1 The ability to critique, analyze, and interpret current literature of
rehabilitation and related topics specific to theory and evidence based practice.
3.1A: Successful completion of the program coursework
3.1B. Submission of current concepts in rehabilitation and other
professional skills for publication in professional journals or through
presentation at professional symposia. .
OUTCOME IV. Leadership: The students will demonstrate advanced leadership
skills in preparation for advanced career opportunities within the
athletic training profession.
Graduates will demonstrate:
Competency 4.1 The ability to lead on multiple levels.
4.1A: Successful student advising.
4.1B. Successful event coordination and planning involving a professional
symposia.
4.1C Successful implementation of an academic related process within an
academic division (curricular change, course restructuring, program
restructuring, field experience restructuring, etc).
OUTCOME V. Teaching: The students will demonstrate the ability to develop and
deliver both undergraduate and graduate content.
Graduates will demonstrate:
Competency 5.1 The ability to develop undergraduate and graduate course
content.
5.1A: Successful preparation of course syllabi.
5.1B. Successful methods of assessing students course outcomes.
5.1C Competence in developing course content structured with a CAATE
approved curriculum.
Competency 5.2 The ability to deliver graduate and undergraduate content and
instruct.
5.2A: Successful delivery of course material.
5.1B. Successful adaption of instructional methods based upon student
feedback and peer critiques.
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