Question: How many different kinds of instructors do you have on staff?
We have two kinds of trainers; ATU Instructors, who can teach any class, and Guest Lecturers, who are clinicians in a specialized field or who possess specialized knowledge. These professionals are paid to teach only their own content and their own courses.
Question: What background and education do I need to teach for ATU?
ATU Instructors must have either a Masters or Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Pathology or hold a MD, PhD or DO degree. Guest Lecturers must be licensed clinical professionals and recognized leaders in their field. The minimum requirements for teaching at our seminars are physical therapists, occupational therapists and their assistants. In all cases, instructors will need to have at least 2 years experience in the pool.
Question: Do you have a screening process for your instructor candidates?
To insure our students are taught by the best, we employ a rigorous screening process to determine if our instructor candidates possess the skills, expertise, knowledge and spark necessary. First, you must pass an interview by our Program Director. Second, if invited, you must go attend one of our I Want To Teach! classes. These classes come in two flavors, a 3-day IW2T! primer or an 11-day IW2T! intensive and generally meet whenever we hold a 2-week intensive. Course of study involves 16 hours of prepwork online and on the phone, followed by a 1-day Boot Camp pre-conference where you learn how to prepare, administer and present lectures the ATU way. Next comes the subject matter classes, where you will not only learn the content, but you will help aide and co-teach the class. After successfully completing IW2T! and receiving positive evaluations from your instructors and fellow students, we will extend you an offer to teach these classes for us on a paid-basis. If you want to teach other classes, you would have to enroll and team-teach these also before being eligible.
Question: What are the costs to get instructor training?
The cost of our 3-day IW2T! Primer is $5000, after which you will be able to teach the Boot Camp and Ortho/Neuro Survey, our 2 most popular classes. The cost of the 11-day IW2T! Intensive is $9995. This enables you to teach 4 more classes, expanding your repertoire. Any additional classes you wish to teach outside of these two options cost an additional $2500.
Attending IW2T!, however, is no guarantee that every instructor candidate will be approved to become a paid ATU instructor. Many accomplished and able therapists find out that they just don't have the patience, people-skills or desire to teach. In these cases, we will either continue working with them until they get the hang of things, or we will employ their skills in one of our many other educational endevours such as teaching webinars or writing content for our next courses. In either case, your IW2T! tuition is non-refundable so please examine yourself closely before purchasing.
Question: Is this something I can make money at?
ATU pays an instructor honorarium of $100 for each class hour taught, plus reimbursement for any travel/lodging expenses. We also pay for any original content that is created for our courses.