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M.A. in Adapted Physical Education



What will I learn?

Enrich your teaching by helping those with disabilities to achieve healthy lifestyles through movement education and physical activities.

This program prepares educators and physical activity experts to emphasize inclusion in providing adapted physical education instruction, intervention and physical activity in school-based and community-based settings, as well as in schools for those with disabilities. Learn to develop achievement-based physical education instruction to maximize learning and physical activity for students with disabilities, as well as how to assess movement abilities, modify activities and plan programs to provide appropriate physical activity instruction.

Why Pursue Your MA in Adapted Physical Education at Adelphi?

  • Adelphi offers flexible scheduling at night to accommodate those who work during the day.
  • You will benefit from hands-on experience working with children with disabilities.
  • You’ll also benefit from small classes and personal advising.

The MA in Physical Education (Professional) with a specialization in Teaching Adapted Physical Education is a 33-credit program for teachers who already have NYS teacher licenses in K–12 certification in physical education. This program prepares teachers as specialists in providing adapted physical education instruction and intervention in a variety of school-based settings. Through specific coursework, learn to apply knowledge of characteristics, assess movement abilities, modify activities and plan programs to provide appropriate physical education and activity instruction to students of all ability levels. Participate in enriching and rewarding hands-on learning options, such as Camp Abilities Long Island, a developmental sport program for children who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind.

The MA in Physical Activity Studies with a specialization in Teaching Adapted Physical Education, also a 33-credit program, is for students who do not hold a teaching license and want to better include people with disabilities in non-school settings, such as YMCA and parks and recreation programs. It offers courses preparing practitioners in inclusive physical activity and recreation. You’ll learn to craft inclusive physical activity experiences that maximize participation for individuals with disabilities.

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,450 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Adelphi University

1 South Avenue,


New York,

11530, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must present evidence of their qualifications for advanced study.

For international students

Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Internet-based Test (IBT) TOEFL - Total of 80 or better or the completion of ELS Language Center’s Level 112 is required. The IELTS (with a score of 6.5) may also be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL exam.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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