Graduate Summer Certification in Adapted Physical Education

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (18 Credits Total)

ESS 530 - Disability and Physical Activity Implications (4 Credits)
ESS 536 - Assessment in Adapted Physical Education (3 Credits)
ESS 725 - Diversity in the Physical Activity Settings (2 Credits)
ESS 765 - Adventure Education for Physical Educators (3 Credits)
ESS 787 - Clinical Internship in Adapted Physical Education (3 Credits)
ESS 792 - Seminar in Adapted Physical Education (3 Credits)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ESS 530 - DISABILITIES AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IMPLICATIONS (4 Credits)

The etiology and effects of selected physical, sensory, mental, and emotional disorders.  Content includes the full range of each category mild through severe/profound and the role of physical education in the education program.

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ESS 536 -  ASSESSMENT AND PROGRAM EVALUATION IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to appropriate instruments and testing strategies necessary for assessing the gross motor development and health-related physical fitness levels of persons with disabilities. Students learn how to administer, interpret, and use the results of motor assessments to develop individualized education program plans that are utilized in either adapted or general physical education programs for students with disabilities. Prerequisite: ESS 231 (for ESS 436) or graduate admission to Physical Education Teacher Education program (for ESS 536) or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment will be given to students admitted to the Adapted Physical Education minor. Offered Spring plus summer as needed.

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ESS 725 - DIVERSITY IN THE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SETTING (2 Credits)

The class addresses, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and disability issues for which physical education teachers should have awareness.  The purpose of the course is to sensitize the students to the fact that diversity is part of life in America and that a teacher needs to recognize that differences need to be understood and reflected upon so that the teacher can help all students have a positive educational experience.  Pedagogical methods for integrating students will be addressed, such as inclusion techniques for students with a disability, culturally diverse games, and appropriate behavior management techniques.

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ESS 765 - ADVENTURE EDUCATION FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATORS (3 Credits)

This course focuses on methods, safety, research, and management of adventure education programs and initiative games in the physical education curriculum.  Implementation of adventure activities with different age groups and diverse populations in physical education programs will be emphasized, as well as the principles and challenges of teaching adventure education.  The use of unique environments such as rope courses and climbing walls will be included.

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ESS 787 - CLINICAL INTERNSHIP  IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 Credits)

The student will have a series of three different (1-credit) clinical experiences, each a semester in length.  Clinical experiences include infant (0-2 years) stimulation programs, related services, motor development and physical fitness programs for persons with disabilities, and school-based adapted physical education programs.

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ESS 792 - SEMINAR IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 Credits)

There will be a series of three 1-credit seminars.  The course is designed to provide in-depth analysis of topics and issues in Special Physical education.  During each semester, selected topics will be highlighted for analysis.  Students will be provided with guest lectureships from professionals in the selected areas and will engage in information sharing and critical analysis of issues based upon outside readings.

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