The PTA Educators SIG serves as the advocate and expert resource for the education and role of the PTA. Members provide leadership, mentorship and expertise in teaching and learning to support all persons concerned with education that ensures PTAs are prepared for contemporary practice.

  • Provide means to increase and improve communication among physical therapist assistant educators.
  • Facilitate and increase opportunities for PTA faculty development and mentoring.
  • Facilitate and improve mentoring opportunities for all persons involved in the education of physical therapist assistants.
  • Advocate for the role of the PTA as the extender of care for the physical therapist within the profession of physical therapy.
  • Promote existing and create additional opportunities for PTA Educator representation in leadership roles at the national level.
  • Communicate and collaborate with physical therapist program educators.
  • Create and promote ways for the PTAE SIG to impact the APTA Academy of Education’s participation and responses to issues related (but not limited) to the education, scope of work, supervision and direction of the PTA at the national level.
  • Serve as a resource body with any/all inquiries related to the education and/or utilization of the physical therapist assistant.

Call for Awards

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominations for APTA Academy of Education Awards. Members are urged to consider these opportunities for themselves and for their colleagues.

´╗┐Deadline to submit nominations: November 1´╗┐

Call for Research Grant Proposals

Deadline to submit proposals: October 1

One-year research grants are available to assist Academy of Physical Therapy Education members in conducting or planning for research that investigates a question of importance to the advancement of education in physical therapy. Questions related to the education of patients/clients, licensed PTs/PTAs or PT/PTA students will be considered.

Applications are reviewed once yearly for a maximum budget of $25,000. All budgets are rigorously reviewed and require justification for expenses. Grant recipients must account for all expenditures in the final report and return unused funds to the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Funds cannot be used to attend conferences to disseminate results or for indirect costs or overhead.

Please visit the new APTA Academy of Education Submission Portal for annual awards nominations and research grant applications.  All applications for awards and research grants will be submitted and reviewed through this portal.  

Click here:  APTA Academy of Education Awards and Research Grant Portal


Clinical Education Town Hall

The Clinical Education SIG, National Consortium of Clinical Educators, and PTA Educators SIG hosted a Town Hall Meeting on June 27th at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Steven Chesbro was our guest during this meeting to discuss the upcoming CPI revisions and new technology platform. 

Click Here To View The Powerpoint: 




Message from APTA

If you have any questions, please reach out to CE SIG Chairs Carol Beckel and Karen Bock (

APTA Academy of Education Clinical Education Special Interest Group