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Physical Education: Concentration in Adapted Physical Education [PEM_ADPE] (Major)

The adapted physical education concentration in the Physical Education Department is designed to provide an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge working with children and adults with disabilities. This program prepares students in both leadership and practical skills needed to provide optimal physical education to all students.

Practical experiences include but are not limited to sports and games, inclusive outdoor education, dance, aquatics and fitness programs designed specifically for the inclusion of persons with disabilities into existing lifetime fitness, recreation and leisure activity.

Career Potential

  • K-12 public school adapted physical education teacher
  • Adapted physical education specialists for hospitals, children's centers and community-based programs
  • Program director for disability sport and swim-based recreation programs
  • District coordinator for adapted physical education services

Physical Education Major with a concentration in Adapted Physical Education

Students must fulfill all the requirements for the Physical Education [PEM] major. Additional courses required for the adapted concentration are listed below.

A. Required Theory and Leadership: 4 credit hours
  • PED 444 - Lab Assistant (1 cr. hr.) (for PED 356)
  • PED 447 - Adapted Physical Activity and Individual Differences (3 cr. hr.)
B. Required Activity: 2 credit hours
  • PED 302 - Disability Sports and Games (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 303 - Fitness Across the Lifespan and Disabilities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 305 - Dance and Individuals with Disabilities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 306 - Adapted Aquatics (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 307 - Introduction to Inclusive Outdoor Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 499 - Special Study in Physical Education (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 211 - Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding (1 cr. hr.)
C. Recommended Electives: must select a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • ASL 101 - Beginning American Sign Language I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 450 - Disability and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
    Cross-listed with SPM 450
  • PED 321 - Movement Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 499 - Special Study in Physical Education (1-3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 331 - Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 431 - Psychology of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 432 - Psychology of Learning Disabilities (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 433 - Behavior Disorders in Educational Settings (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 330 - Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 270 - Introduction to Special Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 450 - Disability and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
    Cross-listed with EXS 450