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.
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.
What classes do teaching - adaptive physical education minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Adapted physical activity
- Behavior analysis
- Diverse learners
- Mild disabilities
Learn more about the teaching - adaptive physical education minor in the UWEC catalog.
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