Adaptive Physical Education Specialists

Physical Education Specialist Helps Boy

Adaptive physical education specialists teach physical education to adults and children with delayed motor development or other physical impairments. Specialists individualize instruction according to the student's age, skill level, and condition. They may screen and place students in physical education programs and monitor their progress by keeping records of their attendance and performance. There are approximately 40,000 special education teachers, including adaptive physical education specialists, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Adapted Physical Education Specialists
Duties Create and teach physical education programs to students with disabilities; monitor students' progress by keeping records
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with high demand in major urban areas such as New York City, Chicago, and Atlanta
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
Experience Three or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Teachers may be required to pass a background check, including a drug test
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, Adapted Physical Education Specialist
  • Certified Adapted Physical Education Specialist
  • Adaptive Physical Education Specialist

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