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Graduate Level Licensure
Adapted Physical Education

The adapted physical education graduate program offers the opportunity for licensed physical education teachers to become licensed to develop and teach adapted movement and activity experiences for people with disabilities. The 15-credit program offers the opportunity to complete all coursework online—ideal for students who need to balance work and family commitments with their continuing education coursework.

  • Allows busy professionals to complete all coursework online.
  • Was recognized by the Adapted Physical Activity Council as its 2007 Outstanding Program in the United States.
  • Is designed to meet the certification requirements of all 50 states.
  • Can count toward a Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education.
  • Is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)/North Central Association (NCA) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

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Human Kinetics and Health Education
Albee Hall 108

Dr. Christine Tipps
Department Chair

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Required Courses

PhyEd 574 Assessment & Prescription Techniques in Adapted Physical Education
2 credits, online, fall semester

PhyEd 576 Sports for Individuals with Disabilities*
2 credits, online, fall/summer

PhyEd 580 Adapted Aquatics*
2 credits, online, spring/summer

PhyEd 622 Physical Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
3 credits, online, fall semester

PhyEd 624 Physical Education for Individuals with Chronic and Permanent Physical Disabilities
3 credits, online, spring semester

PhyEd 682 Practicum in Adapted Physical Education
Completed at an arranged school or work site involving individuals with special needs. All assignments and documentation are submitted online. 3 credits, online, fall and spring semesters

*Specific opportunities must be available in order to complete these courses online. If resources are not available, completion of this course would require on week on campus.


Admission Requirements

  • Valid teaching license in Physical Education
  • Completion of equivalent undergraduate courses in:
    • 1. Adapted Physical Education (PhyEd 373)
    • 2. Introduction to Special Education (SpecEd 352)
    • 3. Lifespan Motor Development or Motor Learning (PhyEd 375)

For questions or to apply: Contact the College of Education and Human Services Human Kinetics and Health Education Department at (920) 424-1231 or email