Adapted Physical Education - Added Authorization

Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APA AA) offers the candidate to be able to teach students ranging from pre-K to adults   an individualized program of developmental activities, exercises, games, rhythms, and sport designed to meet the unique physical education needs of individuals with disabilities. This program is designed for educators who possess a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education or an Education Specialist Credential. The candidate with an Education Specialist Credential must complete 12 upper-division semester units, including coursework in kinesiology and motor development OR must be approved in all 3 levels of CSET  (California Subject Examination for Teachers) single subject in Physical Education as pre-requisite to enter APA AA program.  

Prerequisites (12 units)

  • KIN 487 -Motor Development (3 Units)
  • KIN 485 Biomechanics (3 Units)
  • KIN 580 Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School PE, Grades 6-12 (3 units)
  • KIN 581 Practicum in Middle and High School Physical Education (1 units)
  • A instructional analysis course upon the advisor’s approval (2 units)

Recommended Course Schedule

  • Fall Semester: KIN 536, KIN 539
  • Spring Semester: KIN 537, KIN 538, KIN 630

Job Opportunities

At the present time, job opportunities within the area of Adapted Physical Education are abundant within the public school setting. The demand for adapted physical education teachers far exceeds the number of existing credentialed teachers. It is estimated that there will numerous job opportunities in the future for individuals with a Specialist Credential in Adapted Physical Education.

APE AA Contacts

Department of Kinesiology

APA Coordinator and Advisor

PE Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Academic Advisor:

Graduate College of Education

Credential Services/Teacher Preparation Center

Phone: (415) 405-3594


For more details see the program flyer.