Adapted Physical Education Teaching Graduate Study

Going further, doing more

2018-2019 Graduate students pose by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse sign.
Graduate student and Undergraduate Volunteer smile with girl with a disability.
Student Volunteer has fun with a child with disability in the pool.
Girl with disability lifts weights with help from university students.
Graduate students pose by the Mississippi River.
Children with disabilities and university student volunteers play badminton together.
Graduate Students participate in Summer bike Camp teaching students with disabilities to ride a bike


BULLETIN: Funding opportunities available for APE Graduate Students

Students pursuing study in adapted physical education (APE) teaching have options to complete either a graduate degree program or a sequence of courses leading to Wisconsin APE teaching certification.

The first option is the Master of Science degree in Physical Education Teaching - Adapted Physical Education Teaching Emphasis (35 credits). This program prepares teachers to provide direct service instruction to PK-12 students who receive special education and to perform consultation, leadership and supervision roles in APE for school districts or other agencies.  Students completing this program will be eligible to receive certification as an APE specialist in Wisconsin (#860) and Minnesota (License #8700.5502), as well as many other states (via reciprocity agreement).

Masters Program Overview
Masters Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

The second option leads to Graduate Certification in Adapted Physical Education Teaching (18 credits).

UWL recruits well qualified teachers to the field of Adapted Physical Education.  Several currently employed physical education teachers from school districts participate in our Certification-only option.  This approximately 18 graduate credit-hour course of study can be completed in 2-3 summers.  Upon completion of this option, students are eligible for the Wisconsin add-on certification in APE (#860) and Minnesota (License #8700.5502).

Graduate Summer Certification Overview
Graduate Summer Certification Requirements and Course Descriptions

Download our program brochure

For more information about graduate study in Adapted Physical Education Teaching, please contact:

Adapted Physical Education Programs

For more information on our community-oriented Adapted Physical Education Programs at UWL, visit the Center on Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity.

View our Adapted Physical Education Instructional Videos here. 


Meet our 2019-2020 Full-time Graduate Students

Serena Sandvig  
Buena Vista University
Boone, IA

McKenzie Werner
Northern State University
Watertown, SD

Doug Bradley
Mt. Hope, WI

Erika Shady
Concordia University St. Paul
Esko, MN


Jacob Rugen
Hanover College, IN
Huntsville, AL

Felicia-Ann Urbanczyk
West Seneca, NY

Jonai Lloyd
East Carolina University
Wilmington, NC

Ricky Finco
Hartland, WI


Rhyanne Hartwig
Slippery Rock University
Grove City, PA

Steve Otterson
North Dakota State
Crosslake, MN

Lauren Bach
Texas Woman's University
Aledo, TX

Graduate Students celebrate their graduation!