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Portfolio Production

Portfolio Project Purpose and General Description

To guide the process of professional development: self-reflection and self-assessment, identification of specific individual competencies for development, goal setting, and selection of professional development and growth activities.  After generating a list of professional goals, student will plan and document participation in identified professional development activities.

Portfolio Project Goals

Adapted from AOTA Professional Development Tool (PDT).

Primary Goals

  1. To assess additional learning needs and organize professional growth activities toward self-identified professional or career outcomes.
  2. To monitor and document progress toward successful professional growth and toward a successful transition to clinical roles; to identify areas of strength and weakness and devise a plan of professional growth.
  3. To reflect on career plans; and, cultivate interest in additional intervention systems, clientele, policies, strategies, and technology.
  4. To plan entry into the profession; to identify and pursue professional development opportunities that will improve practice and career opportunities.
  5. To fulfill one’s responsibility for continuing learning and competence, and participation in professional service.
  6. To promote quality in the profession and contribute to the growth of the profession.

Portfolio Project

Student will be assigned a faculty member for the purpose mentoring identification of student specific professional goals, development of a professional development plan and portfolio production. Students will submit completed portfolio to faculty mentor before beginning fieldwork level 2. After generating a vision statement and a list of professional goals, student will document participation in identified professional growth and development activities.


  1. Vision Statement and identification of professional goals – individual student oriented statements that delineate expected performance, that are readily understood, action oriented and measurable.
  2. Developmental activities to document in portfolio – student should document professional development activities in the following categories.
    • Credentials: education, certifications, licenses, professional memberships.
    • Honors, Recognitions, Awards, and Achievements: student awards and scholarships, residencies, fellowships, etc.
    • Professional Service: national, state, university, college, local and community leadership and service activities.
    • Scholarly Activities: publications, research activities, grants, presentation activities, performance evaluations, etc.
    • Educational Activities: learning opportunities and incidents outside the formal classroom (attending or participating in lectures, presentations, conferences, workshops, etc.).
    • Community Volunteer Activities: community service and volunteer activities.
  3. Summary of Student Learning Objectives – each student will chose 5 MOT program Student Learning Objectives for a discussion of their professional development.
    • Chose a minimum of 3 objectives that you feel that you have made significant progress in mastering during the didactic part of the program.  Discuss how you achieved this competency, the activities that contributed and the measures you employed to assist you to realize that you have achieved this entry-level competency.
    • Chose a minimum of 2 objectives that you feel will you gain entry-level competency in during fieldwork. Discuss your plan for achieving this competency, how you will measure your competency and strategies toward a successful transition to a clinical role.