Adapted Physical Education

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The 15-unit Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA) enables the candidate to teach students ranging from preschool through adult transition classes, conduct assessments, and report findings through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. This additional authorization program is designed for educators who already possess a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or an Education Specialist Credential. See below for additional requirements for candidates who hold a Multiple Subject or Education Specialist credential.

This specialized program adds to the pedagogical skill set of all candidates while enhancing their marketability and offering additional teaching opportunities. Candidates who add the authorization to a Single Subject Physical Education Credential are eligible to teach as adapted physical educators, as general physical educators, or in hybrid positions. Candidates who add the authorization to a Multiple Subject Credential are eligible to teach in a general education classroom or serve as adapted physical educators. Candidates who add the authorization to an Education Specialist Credential are eligible to teach specially designed academic instruction or serve as adapted physical educators.

The School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences also offers the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization bundled with a master’s degree.

Designed for the Working Professional

The blended model of the adapted physical education coursework enables candidates to engage online with colleagues and faculty during the week, and in person at the main campus every other Saturday during the Fall I and II terms. Candidates engage with faculty and colleagues synchronously online during the Spring I and II terms.

Program Highlights

  • Earn your authorization in less than a year in this concentrated program.
  • Benefit from a blend of relevant coursework, scholarly research, and practical training in the field.
  • Study alongside expert faculty who bring their experience to the learning environment.
  • Earn your authorization from a top Christian university dedicated to God First since 1899.

Additional Requirements for Candidates with a Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credential

To demonstrate subject matter competence in physical education, candidates who hold either a Multiple Subject or an Education Specialist Credential have two options:

  • (Recommended Option) Complete 12 units of upper-division and/or graduate coursework in motor development, kinesiology, and other relevant physical education topics, as determined and approved by the APEAA program coordinator or director.
    • This coursework must be completed as a prerequisite to admission to the APEAA program.
    • All coursework is subject to approval by the program coordinator or director.
    • All coursework must be passed with a grade of B or better.


  • (Acceptable Option) Provide evidence of passing all three subtests of the CTC-approved California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Physical Education prior to admission to the APEAA program.

Program Director: Cindy Tanis, PhD
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5230

Professional Accreditation

APU’s School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences values the importance of developing programs of distinction and academic integrity. The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Azusa Pacific University offers teacher education programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), authorizing elementary and secondary school teaching, and the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.