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In the Adapted Physical Education (APE) endorsement program, students will explore the many facets of Adapted Physical Education and sport for individuals with disabilities. As physical education is federally mandated for all students with disabilities within the public school systems, it is important that these students experience physical education that has been specially designed with their needs in mind. The APE endorsement program at Wright State will prepare current teachers to better meet the needs for all individuals with disabilities in their classes.
Benefits of Studying Adapted Physical Education at Wright State
APE endorsement classes at Wright State University are small, typically 25 students or less, and are online during the school year, making this the ideal program for current teachers. Students will be on campus for one week during the summer for Adapted Aquatics and to sit for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) exam. Once students complete all the endorsement classes at Wright State, they will be eligible to take the APENS exam, which is a national certification for Adapted Physical Education teachers.
All students are required to sit for the APENS exam (at the students' expense) at the completion of the endorsement courses. Successful completion of all the courses and program requirements will lead to an Ohio APE endorsement, while passing the APENS exam in addition to the program requirements at Wright State will lead to the Certified Adapted Physical Educator designation.
Beth Hersman, Ph.D, C.A.P.E.
312 Nutter Center
- Current teaching license in multi-age physical education
- 2.5 Cumulative minimum GPA
Students are required to complete a 200 hour field experience teaching Adapted Physical Education or in an inclusive Physical Education setting. All placements are handled through the Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences and must be in an inclusive or Adapted Physical Education setting with a qualified Physical Education teacher.