The adapted physical education program at APU was a remarkable experience. I was able to gather skills and knowledge from several adapted PE specialists who had years of experience in the field. In addition, these professionals provided incredible feedback during student teaching experience that allowed me to flourish as a future adapted PE specialist. During the program, I participated in mock IEP meetings, which gave me the opportunity to understand the importance of the IEP meeting and how to best support the student as well as other team members. The mock IEP meetings were very similar to the IEP meetings that I experience now on a daily basis. I was also able to learn about task analysis and how to modify activities for students based on their ability levels. This field has taught me patience, endurance, and flexibility. I have become a better teacher and a better person because I am able to learn from my students on a daily basis.
Through the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization program at APU, I learned more about the field of adapted physical education and special education in the public education system. I gained a deeper understanding of education codes, laws, and rights pertaining to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. APU’s program also prepared me for performing assessments, writing goals and objectives, and attending IEP meetings. I also learned about the many disabilities that I might encounter as an adapted PE teacher and how to create lessons and activities based on the student’s individual needs. As a PE teacher, I look forward to working with my adapted physical education students every day. The students are so happy to see me and they love participating in the lessons and activities. It is very rewarding when you see a student make progress toward their goals.
One of the most positive aspects of my experience as an APU graduate student in the adapted physical education program was the relationships that I built with my classmates as well as my professors. Two professors in particular were very supportive and helped me improve and grow in my professional practice. Sharing in both personal and professional experiences were the key positive influences in completing the program.
Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.