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ERIC Number: ED420980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Adapted Physical Education Teacher. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this leaflet outlines the role of the adapted physical education teacher. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that teachers should have, job outlook and advancement, and how to prepare for a career as a adapted physical education teacher. Adapted physical education teachers are described as helping students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities participate in physical education classes. They use the results of medical, psychological, sociological, and educational assessments to study the nature and causes of disabilities and to design appropriate physical activities. The educational requirements for an adapted physical education teacher vary by state. Approximately 17 states have specific certification requirements for adapted physical education, which usually includes a bachelor's degree in physical education with 6-18 credits and some type of practicum in adapted physical education. Adapted physical education teachers need to believe in the value of physical exercise for every student and be able to motivate all students in an inclusive classroom. A profile of an adapted physical education teacher is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail:; World Wide Web:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A