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Adapted Physical Education Teacher

Adapted Physical Education Teachers conduct diversified programs of developmental activities, games, sports and rhythms suited to the needs, interests, capacities, and limitations of students with disabilities who may not safely or successfully engage in unrestricted participation in the vigorous activities of the general physical education program or a modified program in a regular class.

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Nature of Work:

  • Teaches children with a variety of physical and mental skill levels.
  • Adapts or changes the curriculum to fit the needs of each student.
  • Alters the equipment or game rules to accommodate special needs.
  • Implements the kinds of physical activities that are appropriate for each student.

Education Required:

Usually includes a B.A. or B.S. degree in physical education, with 6-18 credits and some type of practicum in adapted physical education.

Personal Qualities:

Believe in the value of physical exercise for every student, regardless of ability level.

Job Outlook and Advancement:

Demand for adapted physical education teachers continues to be steady. Most adapted physical education teachers are employed in K-12 school systems but some are working in early childhood education centers, assisted living residences, nursing homes, and hospitals.

How to Prepare for a Career:

  • Become skilled in as many physical activities as possible, and teach a skill or game.

Resource Information:

American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1589
800-213-7193 ext.431

National Consortium for Physical Education
and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
Diane Craft, Ph.D. State University of New York - Cortland
Dept. of Physical Education
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

PE Central - Adapted Physical Education
P.O. Box 10262
Blacksburg, VA 24062
Phone: 540-953-1043
Fax: 800-783-8124 (USA Toll Free)

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The National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center). A Cooperative Agreement, H325C080001, between the US Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Project Officer: Maryann McDermott
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