Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

APU’s added authorization in adapted physical education is a graduate program that enables phys ed teachers to teach disabled students.

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The Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization enables the physical education teacher to teach disabled students ranging from preschool through adult school, conduct assessments, and report findings through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. Upon completion of this program, candidates who enter it with a K-12 Single Subject Physical Education Credential are able to teach adapted physical education as well as general physical education. This 15-unit program includes 12 units of coursework and 3 units of fieldwork in adapted physical education.

Professionals who possess an Education Specialist Credential or a Multiple Subject Credential are also welcome to apply, but must first either complete 12 units of upper-division undergraduate or graduate physical education courses with specific criteria prior to entering the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization program, or successfully complete the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in Physical Education. The following courses are available to meet this prerequisite:

PE 452Adapted Physical Education3
PE 551Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education3
PE 597Structural Kinesiology3
PE 598Motor Learning, Development, and Control3

Required Courses for the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

Adapted physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and may not earn lower than a 2.7 (B-)  in any PE core or content course. Students who earn below a 2.7 (B-) in a PE core or content course must retake the course and achieve the minimum GPA requirement.

Core Courses
PE 600Physical Education Teaching Methods for Individuals with Mild to Moderate Disabilities3
PE 602Physical Education Teaching Methods for Individuals with Severe to Profound Disabilities3
PE 604Motor Assessment for Students Living with Disabilities3
PE 605Management of Adapted Physical Education Programs3
Fieldwork (all courses required) 1
PE 606AField Experience in Adapted Physical Education1
PE 606BField Experience in Adapted Physical Education2
Total Units15