Adapted Physical Education

The Adapted Physical Education minor prepares educators to create movement and activity programs for people with disabilities. Students learn to modify, adapt, direct and test rudimentary movement processes. The program trains physical education teachers to provide adapted physical education for school children with disabilities in the least restrictive, most appropriate and most inclusive environments.

The Adapted Physical Education Minor Advantage:

  • Our students learn first-hand by teaching students with disabilities.
  • We teach fundamental motor skills and patterns, physical and motor fitness, aquatic skills, disability sports and group games.
  • Our students spend numerous hours in public schools and on-campus programs such as the Falcon Adapted Physical Education program working with disabled children.
  • The Adapted Physical Education minor makes Health and Physical Education majors more marketable to Pre-K and K-12 schools.
  • Graduates with an Adapted Physical Education minor are eligible for Wisconsin Adapted Physical Education, Grades K-12, Teaching Licensure (DPI Code: #1860).

Clinical Experiences depend upon the student's skills, present competencies and their goals. Some may include:

  • Observing special education and adapted physical education classes.
  • Assisting in adapted physical education classes and in aquatic activities.
  • Working with experienced teachers in schools and clinical settings.
  • Planning, assessing and evaluating individualized programs for students aged 3-21 who are disabled, in segregated and mainstreamed classes.
  • Working with the parents of students with disabilities.
  • Attending on IEP Meetings.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of teaching strategies through recorded lessons.



This certification is an add-on minor for the Health and Physical Education major as part of the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate programs. It is not a stand-alone minor. Health and Physical Education Undergraduate Majors must complete PED 370 Adapted Physical Education Practicum PRIOR to student teaching. The majority of classes are offered in the daytime during the school year and the Adapted Physical Education Minor does not offer online classes. Classes must be taken on campus. 



Adapted Aquatics Pool Deck

Adapted Aquatics in Pool 

DAPE Conference 2011 Girls 

Weight Room 

Adapted PE Pool Pic