M.A. in Physical Education with an Added Authorization in Adapted Physical Education

Students in APU’s M.S. in Physical Education program learn to teach phys ed classes, administrate athletics programs, and coach at all educational levels.

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The Master of Arts in Physical Education with an Added Authorization in Adapted Physical Education program is designed for candidates who possess a teaching credential in physical education and are seeking to teach adapted physical education in the pre-K–12 and/or community college systems. The program combines the curricula of the adapted physical education added authorization and master’s degree program to deliver a unique, comprehensive education package. Upon completion, the graduate will earn an Added Authorization in Adapted Physical Education and a Master of Arts in Physical Education. 

Professionals who possess an Education Specialist Credential or a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential are also welcome to apply, but must first complete either 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 3-unit classes are available to meet this prerequisite: PE 452, PE 551, PE 597, and PE 598.


The 15-unit added authorization portion of the program includes 12 units of coursework and 3 units of fieldwork in adapted physical education. The student may concurrently complete the two core and two content courses in physical education. Students may not enroll in more than 7 units per 8-week term. PE 584 and PE 589 are completed after all other adapted physical education and M.A. in Physical Education coursework is fulfilled.

Graduate 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.

Adapted Physical Education 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 Courses 1
PE 606AField Experience in Adapted Physical Education1
PE 606BField Experience in Adapted Physical Education2
Master of Arts in Physical Education Core Courses
PE 551Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education3
PE 582Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport3
Physical Education, Coaching, and Administration Content Courses
Select one of the following:3
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
Athletics and the Law
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Sport Psychology
Health Science Content Courses
Select one of the following:3
Sports Medicine
Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
Wellness and Fitness for Life
Capstone Courses
PE 584Assessment, Technology, and Evaluation in Physical Education 23
PE 589Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone 23
Total Units33


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.