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.

Nature of Work:

  • Adapts or changes the curriculum to fit the needs of each student.
  • Adapted physical education professionals are trained to teach children with a variety of physical and mental skill levels.
  • Alter the equipment or game rules to accommodate special needs.
  • They study the nature and causes of mild, moderate, and severe disabling conditions, and learn what kinds of physical activities are appropriate for each.

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 professionals continues to be steady.
  • Most adapted physical education professionals 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:

Adapted Physical Education PDF Brochure