Adapted Physical Education, M.S.

The Masters of Science in Adapted Physical Education is designed to provide students with advanced preparation in physical education teaching for including students with disabilities across a variety of settings and environments in physical education. This degree does not lead to a teaching license.

Learning Outcomes

  1. [Content Knowledge] Develop a command of the subject matter of adapted physical education (e.g., motor development, motor behavior, exercise science, curriculum, assessment and instructional design and planning).
  2. [Curricular knowledge] Demonstrate effective practice in selecting, planning and evaluating adapted physical education curriculum to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
  3. [Assessment] Effectively use assessment to make decisions about special services, placement and program components for individuals with disabilities.
  4. [Instructional Design and Planning] Understand the evolution of physical education for students with disabilities and the legal mandates that need to be meet to effectively plan for the unique attributes of individuals with disabilities.
  5. [Research] Use research to understand, interpret and critique the field of adapted physical education.
  6. [Research] Utilize action research to improve and reflect upon teaching practices in adapted physical education.


In addition to The Graduate School’s application requirements, applicants must submit a sample of expository writing to include future professional goals related to general and adapted physical education.

Degree Requirements (30 Hours)

Successful completion of 30 graduate hours in physical education selected from the following:

Course Title Credits
PEDU 710Measurement and Research in Physical Education3
PEDU 715Introduction to Adapted Physical Education, Activity, and Sport3
PEDU 716Universal Design for Learning in General Physical Education3
PEDU 717Practicum in Adapted Physical Education3
PEDU 720Theories and Principles of Motor Learning and Control: Applications for Adapted Physical Education3
PEDU 730Psychosocial Aspects of Athletic Performance and Injury Rehabilitation3
PEDU 751Principles of Adapted Sport Coaching3
PEDU 771Theories and Principles of Growth and Motor Behavior: Applications for Adapted Physical Education3
PEDU 788Action Research Project in Adapted Physical Education3
EDEX 710Legal Issues in Special Education3
Total Credit Hours30

Comprehensive Assessment

Successful completion of a masters comprehensive assessment.