Adapted Physical Education

The 15-unit Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization enables the candidate to teach students ranging from preschool through adult transition classes, conduct assessments, and report findings through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. This additional authorization program is designed for educators who already possess a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or an Education Specialist Credential. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires candidates with an Education Specialist Credential to complete 12 upper-division semester units, including coursework in kinesiology and motor development, prior to entering the program.

This specialized program adds to the pedagogical skill set of all candidates while enhancing their marketability and offering additional teaching opportunities. Candidates who add the authorization to a Single Subject Physical Education Credential are eligible to teach as adapted physical educators, as general physical educators, or in hybrid positions. Candidates who add the authorization to a Multiple Subject Credential are eligible to teach in a general education classroom or serve as adapted physical educators. Candidates who add the authorization to an Education Specialist Credential are eligible to teach specially designed academic instruction or serve as adapted physical educators.

The School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences also offers the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization bundled with a master’s degree.

Designed for the Working Professional

The blended model of the adapted physical education coursework enables candidates to engage online with colleagues and faculty during the week, and in person at the main campus every other Saturday during the Fall I and II terms.

Program Highlights

  • Earn your authorization in less than a year in this concentrated program.
  • Benefit from a blend of relevant coursework, scholarly research, and practical training in the field.
  • Study alongside expert faculty who bring their experience to the learning environment.
  • Earn your authorization from a top Christian university dedicated to God First since 1899.

Program Director: Cindy Tanis, Ph.D.
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5230
Email: ctanis@apu.edu

Professional Accreditation

APU’s School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences values the importance of developing programs of distinction and academic integrity. The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Azusa Pacific University offers teacher education programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), authorizing elementary and secondary school teaching, and the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.