Encourage active lifestyles by understanding the foundation for modifying physical
The Adapted Physical Education certificate gives students the ability to better assess
individuals to modify and develop specialized physical education programs to meet
a specific set of needs. UND offers the only APE certificate program in North Dakota.
Certificates/Programs - Undergraduate
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Why earn a certificate in adapted physical education?
Our physical education program will teach you how to help improve lifestyles, increase
motor skill competence, and encourage an active lifestyle. You'll recieve focused
training which can set you apart from candidates and offer additional career opportunities
in the physical education field.
Obtaining your APEC will equip you with the knowledge to develop and implement specialized
programs to enhance skills and build confidence, so individuals are better able to
achieve goals and enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.
Students in the kinesiology program and/or students pursuing the special education
minor can complete the Adapted Physical Education Certificate by taking a few additional
Certification establishes that physical education teachers have completed a minimum
standard of education and preparation, so that schools can hire capable professionals.
The certification system promotes the educational aspect of physical training at school,
and ensures that schools have physical education teachers who are truly educators.
UND Physical Education Alumni
Physical Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Altru Health System
Great Lakes Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc.
Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc.
Adapted Physical Education Courses
T&L 251. Understanding Individuals with Different Abilities. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to introduce students to foundational knowledge of individuals with different abilities addressing the identification, supports, range of services, assessment components, and evidence-based teaching practices. Historical, legal, cultural, and societal influences that impacts educational success will be explored. F,S,SS.
KIN 355. Applied Motor Development. 3 Credits.
Changes in motor performance which occur with age; physical and mental development as they relate to these changes. Prerequisite: KIN Majors only or consent of instructor. S.
KIN 404. Adapted Physical Activity. 3 Credits.
A study of the physical and motor characteristics and needs of persons with disabilities across the lifespan. Application focuses on planning and implementing physical education and activity programs in school and/or community settings. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing and KIN majors only or consent of instructor. S.
KIN 497. Internship in KIN. 1-10 Credits.
Development of professional skills through practical experience in agencies such as hospitals, physical therapy clinics, retirement or convalescent centers, work site wellness programs, fitness facilitation, on-campus fitness programs and community sports organizations under the supervision of professionals and faculty. Credits are taken during one semester for paid or volunteer work. Prerequisites: KIN majors only, consent of instructor, upper division status, and current First Aid/CPR certification. Repeatable to 10 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.
T&L 319. Integrating Diverse Needs in Educational Settings. 3 Credits.
This course introduces students to the shared, collaborative responsibility of professionals in education. It emphasizes understanding of different emotional and learning abilities and underscores the requirement that teachers create and modify learning environments and adapt evidence-based teaching strategies and methods. Integrated into this course are concepts of accountability, building collaborative partnerships and facilitating educational programming for inclusive success. F,S,SS.
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