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College of Education


Adapted Physical Education, M.S.

This new program will launch in Fall 2019.

Is this track right for me?

This 100% online program is designed for licensed physical educators who:

  • want to successfully include children with disabilities into their general physical education classes
  • want to ensure that all children, with and without disabilities, maximize learning in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains in a general physical education setting
  • are interested in learning about disability sporting and recreation opportunities
  • want to become an itinerant adapted physical educator
  • seek the Certified Adapted Physical Educator certificate required to be an adapted physical educator in certain states
  • seek an Adapted Physical Education add-on endorsement or certificate available in certain states

 

What will I study?

You will acquire the knowledge, tools, and support needed to feel confident teaching students of varying abilities in your general classrooms.

In alignment with the current Adapted Physical Education National Standards, the goals of the program emphasize enabling you to successfully include students with disabilities in general classrooms and to maximize learning outcomes for all children, with and without disabilities, in all SHAPE America Grade-Level Outcomes.

 

What kind of work will I be able to do?

This program will enable you to find jobs including general or itinerant adapted physical educators in elementary or secondary PK-12 settings. Furthermore, our graduates are well-prepared to coach general or adapted sporting teams/athletes and contribute to the holistic education of school-aged children, ensuring all students find personal meaning and enrichment.

If you amass 200 hours of contact time teaching physical education to children with disabilities, you can sit for the Certified Adapted Physical Educator exam (a requirement in certain states). Contact your states’ Department of Education to see if our course work qualifies for “add-on” endorsements or certificates. Students in South Carolina may take courses for continuing education as they see fit.

 

Sample Course Work

PEDU 715 - Introduction to Adapted Physical Education, Activity, and Sport: Focuses on content knowledge foundational to adapted physical education, activity, and sport programs in self-contained and/or itinerant settings for children with moderate to severe disabilities.

PEDU 716 - Universal Design for Learning in General Physical Education: Focuses on knowledge and skills to design and implement an effective curriculum design, lesson planning and assessment for inclusive physical education settings.

PEDU 717 - Practicum in Adapted Physical Education: Focuses on the techniques, methodologies, and philosophies of adapted physical education teachers.

PEDU 720 - Theories and Principles of Motor Learning and Control: Applications for Adapted Physical Education: Focuses on the knowledge of principles/theories of learning and memory applied to motor skill acquisition with an emphasis on factors influencing and the development of successful instructional and training strategies among individuals with disabilities.

PEDU 771 - Theories and Principles of Growth and Motor Behavior: Applications to Adapted Physical Education: Focuses on knowledge of growth and motor development principles from theory and research with applications for teaching and coaching individuals with disabilities.

PEDU 788 - Action Research Project in Adapted Physical Education: Focuses on knowledge and skills to design and implement an action research project designed for self-reflective systematic inquiry and improvement of teaching in inclusive physical education settings.

PEDU 650 - The Art and Science of Coaching: Coaching principles and application to sport programs across a variety of developmental levels.

PEDU 710 - Measurement and Research in Physical Education: The treatment of current theory and practice of testing, evaluation, and research in physical education, with emphasis on the methods and tools of research.

PEDU 730 - Psychological Aspects of Athletic Performance and Injury Rehabilitation: The application of psychological principles from motivation, arousal regulation, individual differences and psychological skills for enhancing athletic performance and injury rehabilitation

EDEX 710 - Legal Issues in Special Education (or other course approved by advisor): Analysis of legislation, litigation, and administrative rulings related to special education. Emphasis on the development of legally sound policies and procedures to ensure an appropriate education for students with disabilities.