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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Developmental Adapted Physical Education Minor

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Minor and Licensure

Most school districts in Minnesota now require physical education teachers to have licensure in Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) to obtain or retain their teaching positions. In addition to DAPE licensure to teach students with disabilities, a DAPE minor also makes prospective teachers better equipped to teach students of all abilities in general physical education classes. Applicant for DAPE licensure must be a Physical Education Teacher Education major as DAPE licensure is an add–on license to the K–12 physical education teaching license. Students in related disciplines who foresee working with students and individuals with disabilities may pursue the DAPE minor; however, pursuant to Minnesota teacher licensure requirements, only physical education majors can be granted the DAPE teaching license. Prospective teachers will be eligible for DAPE licensure in the State of Minnesota when all competencies have been met. DAPE minor/licensure requirements are as follows:

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Undergraduate Bulletins page.

Required for DAPE Minor and Licensure (Core, 19 credits)

  • HP 411 – Developmental Adapted Physical Education (3) (Students should take this course first)
  • HP 412 – Assessment in Adapted Physical Education (2)
  • HP 413 – Lifespan Motor Development (2)
  • HP 421 – Teaching Sport to Individuals with Disabilities (2)
  • HP 422 – Teaching Adapted Aquatics (2) (prerequisite: HP 182 or WSI)
  • HP 445 – Teaching Students with Cognitive and Emotional/Behavioral Disablities (3)
  • HP 471 – Consulting Techniques in Developmental/Adapted Physical Education (3)
    (prerequisites: HP 411, HP 412, and HP 445)
  • HP 493 – Internship in Developmental/Adapted Physical Education (2) (prerequisites: HP 411 and HP 445)

Required Supporting Course for DAPE Minor and Licensure (Special Education, 3 credits)

  • SPED 405 – Individuals with Exceptional Needs (3)

Admission to Minor is granted by the department concurrent with or following admission to physical education teaching major. Minimum department admissions requirements are:

  • A minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (MSU College of Education requires GPA of 2.75 to student teach)


All courses in minor must be taken for grade with the exception of HP 493 (Internship in DAPE), which may be taken the semester prior to or concurrently with student teaching. If student is has a double major in Physical Education Teaching and Health Education, HP 493 should be taken the semester prior to student teaching. Placement for DAPE internship is made through Clinical and Field Experiences office in the College of Education. Cooperating Teachers for HP 493 must be a licensed DAPE teacher. To receive DAPE licensure, student must pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) in Special Education: Core Skills.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Sue Tarr, Coordinator