“I cannot imagine the last four years of my life without the incredible experiences
of this minor. Not only was it an incredible learning experience; but it was an unforgettable experience of what it means to touch peoples’ lives and be touched back in the best possible way and that is through the heart.”
Marla Aron ‘02
The Adapted Physical Activity program is a minor designed to prepare students in exercise science, teacher education, therapeutic recreation, and athletic training programs to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate programs of physical education and fitness exercise for individuals with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are two federal laws that provide access and education to all walks of life for people with disabilities. This will result in an increase of participation and subsequent knowledge for planning appropriate programs for individuals with disabilities.
Employers in school districts, fitness agencies, and sport organizations are actively recruiting individuals with experience working with people with disabilities. Graduates of the program have been extremely successful securing jobs in their chosen fields or receiving acceptance into graduate programs in adapted physical activity, physical therapy, or other related professions.
Students will acquire knowledge and skills through a comprehensive program of class and practical experiences in this 27-credit program. Students can also take advantage of participating in state and national conferences, developing grant writing skills and supervisory roles in one or more of the community service-learning practical programs.