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Special Education: Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

School of Education

The Adapted Physical Education (APE) Added Authorization program prepares teachers to work within a school setting and engage children and adolescents in meaningful and beneficial physical exercise.

Candidates participate in a comprehensive program that prepares them to identify motor needs and the necessary supports to engage students in meaningful physical exercise.  Candidate’s complete courses addressing the characteristics and needs of students served in the APE setting; roles, responsibilities, and legal considerations for serving students with special needs; instructional design for APE settings; motor behavior for APE settings; and scientific principles of motor behavior. Candidates participate in a culminating practicum experience to receive guided support toward implementation of course principles and to participate in a formal evaluation of competencies.

Applicants must hold a valid Ryan Specialist Credential in CH, LH, PH, SH or VH or hold a valid Preliminary or Level 1 credential in ECSE, D/HOH, M/M, M/S, PHI, or VI or a Multiple Subjects Credential or a Single Subjects Credential in Physical Education. Prerequisite courses may be required.

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Catalog

The Adapted Physical Education (APE) added authorization program prepares teachers to work within a school setting and engage children and adolescents in meaningful and beneficial physical exercise. Candidates participate in a comprehensive program that prepares them to identify motor needs and the necessary supports to engage students in meaningful physical exercise. Candidates complete courses addressing the characteristics and needs of students served in the APE setting; roles, responsibilities, and legal considerations for serving students with special needs; instructional design for APE settings; motor behavior for APE settings; and scientific principles for motor behavior. Candidates participate in a culminating practicum experience to receive guided support toward implementation of course principles and to participate in a formal evaluation of competencies.

Admissions Requirements

  • One current reference form
  • Educational plan
  • All other official transcripts from colleges/universities attended
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Addendum to Graduate Application: Education Specialist Credential Program
  • Applicants must hold a valid Ryan Specialist Credential in CH, LH, PH, SH or VH or hold a valid Preliminary or Level I credential in ECSE, D/HOH, M/M, M/S, PHI, or VI or a multiple subject credential in physical education (Additional course work may be required dependent upon physical education course work previously completed.)
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is under 3.0

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of theology regarding God’s intention for disability and suffering.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of historical, legal, ethical, theoretical and philosophical foundations of special education.
  3. Candidates will implement legal and ethical practices within the learning community.
  4. Candidates will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of characteristics and needs of individuals with exceptionality and their families.
  5. Candidates will demonstrate cultural awareness of exceptionality and its implications within the family system.
  6. Candidates will implement ethical principles and evidence-based practice for assessment and evaluation to determine individual needs, develop programs of service and measure progress.
  7. Candidates will apply a breadth of knowledge of general education curricula to provide equitable access within the learning community.
  8. Candidates will apply evidence-based practice for curriculum selection, instructional strategies, and adaptations.
  9. Candidates will apply a working knowledge of assistive technology and augmentative communication systems within the learning community.
  10. Candidates will demonstrate evidence-based practice for development of positive learning environments and behavioral adaptations and interventions.
  11. Candidates will demonstrate effective communication and team building through consultation and collaboration with individuals with exceptionalities, families, education personnel, and the greater community.
  12. Candidates will implement transitional services for individuals with exceptionalities for education, employment, and individualized living objectives.
  13. Candidates will demonstrate proficient written communication by synthesizing and articulating information in standard formats to inform practice.

Required Courses

  • SPEC 762 - Characteristics of Students in Adapted Physical Education Credits 3
  • SPEC 763 - Motor Behavior As Applied to Adapted Physical Education Credits 3
  • SPEC 764 - Scientific Principles of Human Behavior Credits 3
  • SPEC 765 - Adapted Physical Education: Roles and Responsibilities Credits 3
  • SPEC 767 - Adapted Physical Education: Curriculum and Technology Credits 3
  • SPEC 791APE - Final Directed Practicum: Adapted Physical Education Credits 4 or
  • SPEC 792APE - Final Independent Practicum: Adapted Physical Education Credits 4

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First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
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  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | sfs@fresno.edu.

Program Requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, admission requirements have temporarily been simplified. Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Education Plan form
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Special education addendum
  • Valid California Credential

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

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Cost & Financial Aid

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Tuition & Fees

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $705
Teacher Education $705
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $720
KIN $570
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $690
Teacher Education $690
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $710
KIN $560

* Fall 2020 & later cohorts

Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

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