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Do you have a passion for working with young people with special needs? Want to help improve their lives through physical education? Physical Education - Special (Adapted) Concentration master's program at WMU satisfies these passions and more. Students receive a comprehensive physical education immersion experience that prepares them to emerge as experts in the field of special/physical education.
This unique program, offered by WMU's Department of Human Performance and Health Education and entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education, prepares students for jobs that are increasingly in-demand throughout the United States. The program is conducted almost entirely online.
With a valid Michigan teaching certificate in K-12 physical education or K-12 special education, graduates may be endorsed to teach K-12 physical education for children with disabilities in the state of Michigan. Students who hold a valid K-12 physical education or special education teaching certificate in a state other than Michigan need to follow their state guidelines for adding a special physical education endorsement. Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification nor does it provide an endorsement to those not already holding a valid teaching certificate in physical education or special education. Learn more about the teacher certification process in Michigan.
Those individuals who hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate in K-12 physical education or K-12 special education who wish to add a K-12 special physical education endorsement. Students who hold a valid K-12 physical education or K-12 special education teaching certificate in a state other than Michigan need to follow their state guidelines for adding a special physical education endorsement. Individuals who desire to work with the special needs populations in careers that do not require teacher certification may also benefit from the program.
For those individuals holding a valid K-12 teaching certificate in physical education or K-12 special education, this program prepares professionals to teach physical education to young people with special needs or to supervise others who do the same (please see the previous sections for information on teacher certification requirements). This program also prepares individuals to work with special needs children in which a teaching certificate is not required.
This Online program requires an internship or field placement. If you plan to complete this activity outside of the state of Michigan, you must complete the Activity Request form.
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