APE Authorization

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Students who obtain the Adapted Physical Education Authorization have been highly successful in obtaining teaching positions.


Not only does an APE Authorization practically
guarantee job placement, it also provides for an
exciting, fun, dynamic and challenging career.


Currently there is a high demand for APE specialists in the public schools of California. In addition, students who choose the APE Authorization have greater marketability because of the trend in education to provide more inclusion of students with disabilities in the general physical education curriculum.

Many individuals from the Liberal Studies Program as well as the Single Subject Physical Education Program become interested in Adapted Physical Education after they take their first introductory course, KINE 315 Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity. The curriculum included in the APE Authorization is grounded in theory, current research and practice. The current coursework requires that students have a strong foundation in physiology, physical education curriculum, biomechanics, motor development, motor learning, and measurement.

New Grant Available for APE Students

The CSU, Chico Adapted Physical Education Program is pleased to announce the availability grant funding enable California teachers to become certified to teach Adapted Physical Education.  Students pursuing the APE Specialist Authorization, or the fifteen units of APE Master’s courses required to teach at the community college level, may apply for this program.  Visit APE TRACK Grant to read complete details and requirements.

Graduate Students Transferring to Earn the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

Curriculum

Program Requirement Units Term
Prerequisites: First Aid and CPR    
KINE 315 Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity 3.0 Fall / Spring
KINE 351 Aquatics for the Adapted Instructor (optional) 2.0 Summer
KINE 513 Programming for Individuals with Physical and Neurological Disabilities 3.0 Fall
KINE 514 Programming for Individuals with Mental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities 3.0 Spring
KINE 515 Collaboration in Adapted Physical Education or SPED 691 3.0 Spring
KINE 516 Motor Assessment for Individuals with Disabilities 3.0 Fall
KINE 520 Interdisciplinary Autism Clinic 3.0 Fall / Spring
KINE 617 Fieldwork in Adapted Physical Education 3.0 Fall / Spring
Total 21.0  

All students desiring to obtain the APE Authorization must also:

  • Successfully complete the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  • Complete a single subject physical education waiver program (university approved single subject program in physical education) or pass the CSET exam for single subject physical education or multiple subjects.
  • Maintain a GPA equivalent or above that which is required for the fifth year teaching program.
  • Complete the fifth year Professional Preparation Program.

Service Learning Experiences

Throughout the coursework for the APE Specialist Credential students have the opportunity to experience a variety of service learning experiences such as: