Developmental Adapted Physical Education

Graduate Certificate

This certificate program provides the professional, who already has a physical education teaching degree, with the necessary courses to meet the MN standards for teacher licensure in Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) for grades PK-12.


  • Course work is delivered online.
  • Course work supports the connection of theory to practice through the application in lessons, curriculum, and assessments with your PK-12 students.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
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Dr. Sue Tarr,, 507-389-2626

Current Catalog Year
Major / Total Credits
22 / 22

Program Requirements

Common Core

Legal and theoretical bases for teaching physical education to students with disabilities. First course in D/APE sequence.

Prerequisites: none

Evaluation of motor skills and fitness among students with disabilities.

Prerequisites: none

Develop teaching strategies, curricular programming, and adaptations/modifications for students with disabilities in secondary physical education settings. Application of these strategies in fieldwork experiences with students with disabilities in physical education/DAPE settings.

Prerequisites: none

Theory, strategies, and best practices for teaching physical education to students with mental retardation, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, attention deficit disorder, and multiple disabilities accompanying mental retardation.

Prerequisites: none

Study of techniques of consulting in D/APE with the spectrum of individuals involved in the IEP process, including but not limited to: students with disabilities, general physical education teachers, other school professionals and support service personnel, families/parents, peer tutors, and community agencies, to enhance the learning of students with disabilities both within and outside the classroom setting.

Prerequisites: none

Hereditary and environmental factors of typical and atypical motor development across the lifespan.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised field experience related to the student's academic specialization associated with the disciplines of human performance. Disciplines include the following: College Teaching, Sport Management, Public School Teaching, D/APE, Intramural-Recreational Sports Management, Elementary Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, and Sport Psychology.

Prerequisites: none

Current practices in the identification, placement, and education of exceptional children and youth. Emphasis on patterns of social, cognitive, language, and psychological development of exceptional children. Social, political, and economic advocacy issues.

Prerequisites: none