Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with a concentration in special adapted concentration for students with bachelor’s degrees and teaching experience. The program consists of a specialized educational program to provide physical education for school children with disabilities in ways that utilize the least restrictive, most appropriate, and most inclusive environment possible. In addition to environmental development, students of the program may also gain knowledge, skills, and experience in working with children with disabilities in motor skills with specialized physical activities in physical and motor fitness. 

Students will take part in a 36 credit hour program in which they will develop their understanding of the needs of students with disabilities while providing them a specialized physical education experience. Those classes include physical activity for exceptional children, application of behavior theory to classroom teaching, and physical activity for exceptional children. 

Students completing the program should have demonstrated the necessary capabilities and qualifications expected of an educator in physical education, which include the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the role of athletic coaches and physical education teachers as leaders of individuals and teams, to demonstrate an understanding of physical education in educational and public settings, to demonstrate an understanding of the science of exercise, including kinesiology and athletic training, and to demonstrate skill in advanced leadership qualities. In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to utilize nutritional science and knowledge of anatomy and physiology to help students manage their physical capabilities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students require a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
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    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.


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