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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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Program director

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Sarah Johnson, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Moderate/Severe, Early Childhood Special Education and APEAA

Admission requirements

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

  • Application form and fee
  • Education Plan form
  • Three letters of reference and forms
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Special education addendum
  • Valid California Credential

Course listing

Required Courses

SPEC 762Characteristics of Students in Adapted Physical Education3
SPEC 763Motor Behavior As Applied to Adapted Physical Education3
SPEC 764Scientific Principles of Human Behavior3
SPEC 765Adapted Physical Education: Roles and Responsibilities3
SPEC 767Adapted Physical Education: Curriculum and Technology3
or SPEC 792APE
Final Directed Practicum: Adapted Physical Education
or Final Independent Practicum: Adapted Physical Education
or 4

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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.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.