Adapted Physical Education Specialists

Provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.

Median Annual Wage: $54,520

Education: Bachelor's degree (47%); Master's degree (28%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (22%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Adapted Physical Education Specialist; Adapted Physical Education Specialist-Workshop Leader; Adapted Physical Education Teacher; Adapted Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity Specialist; Certified Adapted Physical Educator; Physical Education Teacher

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Adapted Physical Education Specialists.

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  • Adapt instructional techniques to the age and skill levels of students.
  • Instruct students, using adapted physical education techniques, to improve physical fitness, gross motor skills, perceptual motor skills, or sports and game achievement.
  • Maintain thorough student records to document attendance, participation, or progress, ensuring confidentiality of all records.
  • Assist in screening or placement of students in adapted physical education programs.
  • Provide students positive feedback to encourage them and help them develop an appreciation for physical education.
  • Assess students' physical progress or needs.
  • Write or modify individualized education plans (IEPs) for students with intellectual or physical disabilities.
  • Provide individual or small groups of students with adapted physical education instruction that meets desired physical needs or goals.
  • Establish and maintain standards of behavior to create safe, orderly, and effective environments for learning.
  • Prepare lesson plans in accordance with individualized education plans (IEPs) and the functional abilities or needs of students.
  • Evaluate the motor needs of individual students to determine their need for adapted physical education services.
  • Communicate behavioral observations and student progress reports to students, parents, teachers, or administrators.
  • Write reports to summarize student performance, social growth, or physical development.
  • Advise education professionals of students' physical abilities or disabilities and the accommodations required to enhance their school performance.
  • Attend in-service training, workshops, or meetings to keep abreast of current practices or trends in adapted physical education.
  • Review adapted physical education programs or practices to ensure compliance with government or other regulations.
  • Request or order physical education equipment, following standard procedures.
  • Maintain inventory of instructional equipment, materials, or aids.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Adapted Physical Education Specialists.

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Adapted Physical Education Specialists.

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