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Explore the teaching - adaptive physical education minor at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's teaching - adaptive physical education minor teaches you how to tailor a physical education curriculum so that it is appropriate for children with disabilities and/or special needs in a regular education setting. This minor is only for those who are already certified as a physical education teacher and are looking to obtain an additional license in adaptive physical education.

Curriculum within the adaptive physical education program will help you to better understand children with disabilities and learn how to appropriately plan and implement instructional strategies. Coursework and projects explore additional topics within the field, including techniques and best practices related to teaching, coaching, evaluating, coordinating resources, consulting, collaborating and advocating.

Completion of the minor qualifies you for a K-12 license and prepares you to assess individuals, recommend programs and modify learning environments accordingly. Graduates go on to make a positive impact in the lives of students with disabilities and best meet their physical, motor, personal, social and learning needs.

Why teaching - adaptive physical education at UW-Eau Claire?

Real-world preparation. Professional development is a key focus of the minor. Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete approximately 120 hours in practicum experiences working with children with special needs, providing you with real, practical experience. Practica will also introduce you to working with teachers, parents and administrations in an effort to help all children reach their full potential. 

Career variety. Graduates with a minor in teaching - adaptive physical education are qualified for career paths they may have never even considered! While most adaptive physical educators are employed in K-12 school systems, some grads are also working in early childhood education centers, assisted living residences, community parks and outdoor recreation programs. 

A supportive environment. While pursuing the teaching - adaptive physical education minor, you'll be surrounded by people who, like you, are interested in working with kids and making them feel safe, comfortable and supported while they learn. Courses are led by caring faculty, who are excited to watch you grow and succeed in your chosen field.

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Licensure information

Completion of teacher preparation programs at UW-Eau Claire meets licensure requirements in Wisconsin. Our programs may not meet requirements in other states. It is very important that individuals seeking licensure in another state obtain the most recent certification/licensure information directly from the state in which they seek employment. Find contact information on each state licensure office here.

Licensure requirements can change at any time. UW-Eau Claire’s Teacher Education Program Office ensures that our programs meet the requirements for licensure in Wisconsin. If you seek licensure in another state, be aware that their requirements could change at any time.

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure concerning whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. Obtaining a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state is usually helpful and strongly recommended.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. Licensure grade levels vary from state to state. Students who are eligible for a specific grade range in Wisconsin may be licensed for a narrower grade range in another state. Each state determines grade ranges for licensing differently.
  4. State licensure requirements may change at any time. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Not Applicable

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Teaching - adaptive physical education minor curriculum

Curriculum within the teaching - adaptive physical education minor explores the influence of diseases, conditions and disabilities on physical performance while underscoring the impacts they have on overall motor development. Through your coursework, you'll learn about the history, legal mandates and status of physical activity for individuals with disabilities as well as how to develop individualized education program plans.

What classes do teaching - adaptive physical education minors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the teaching - adaptive physical education minor in the UWEC catalog.

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