Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education

The Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA) program prepares physical education teachers to work collaboratively and effectively in educational settings with preschool and school-aged children and youth with disabilities. The program is designed to prepare specialists in adapted physical education who can deliver physical education services to the diverse population of students with disabilities in California.

Undergraduate students who are completing a Bachelor of Science program in Kinesiology with an option in teaching physical education are also able to enroll in specific courses that lead to the APEAA. 

The program is designed to permit teachers who are employed in the public schools of California to complete the program of study. Courses are offered in late afternoon, evenings, weekends, and summer session as appropriate to allow candidates who maybe teaching fulltime to enroll.

Adapted Physical Education Courses (total of 24 units)

Undergraduate Phase
KINS 385 Adapted Physical Education (3)
KINS 475 Elementary School Physical Education (3)
KINS 484 Motor Development/Learning (3)
REC 302 Recreation for Special Groups (3)

Credential Year Phase
KINS 535 Motor Assessment (2 semester units)
KINS 577 Adapted Physical Education Programs (4 semester units)
KINS 578 Adapted Aquatics (2 semester units)
KINS 695 Field Experience: Student Teaching in Adapted Physical Education (4 semester units)

Required GPA: 3.0 average in all courses leading to the APEAA
The APE program handbook includes additional information about the program.

Adapted Physical Education Grant Program
The HSU Adapted Physical Education Program is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding to assist students to gain certification in the area of adapted physical education. The APE grant is a federal grant to prepare students to work with children with disabilities in the field of adapted physical education.  Students pursuing an APE Added Authorization and/or a Master’s degree may apply for the program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, the program is aimed at increasing the supply of qualified personnel in the field of special education. This program awards competitive grants to Institutions of Higher Education to support scholars receiving training to provide special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities. Scholars who receive funding agree to work in the field of special education or related services for two years for each year of support they receive.  HSU is one of the few APE programs in the country to have received this award.

Academic Year and Summer Programs
Students may apply for funding for the academic year program or the summer program of the APE Grant. Academic year grant recipients receive funding for a maximum of four semesters, for stipend awards, books, and travel to conferences.

A Service Obligation is Required
If you are accepted into the APE Grant program and receive funding, you will be required to work in the field of special education or related services for two years for each year you have received funding. The National Center on Service Obligations (NCSO) is responsible for tracking the service obligations of scholars/obligees funded by our grant.  You will also be required to update NCSO annually with your contact and employment information. Visit for complete information about the service obligation process.