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Program Details

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.


Students require a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate

Accreditation & Licensing

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