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Adapted Physical Education (Physical Education, M.S.Ed.)

This 30-credit track focuses on best practices and scholarly publications related to teaching students with disabilities in physical education. This research track concludes with an optional student-lead thesis project.

Adapted Physical Education (Physical Education, M.S.Ed.)


What is Adapted Physical Education at ODU like?

This 30-credit track focuses on best practices and scholarly publications related to teaching students with disabilities in physical education. This research track concludes with an optional student-lead thesis project.

Program Highlights

What makes Adapted Physical Education at ODU unique?

  • Competitive graduate assistantships are available for full-time students

  • Evening courses designed to fit into the schedules of in-service teachers

  • Award winning faculty members provide intimate mentoring

  • Courses based on current empirical research that encourages students to think critically about the field

  • Conduct and present research at conferences


What are some careers in this field?

Adapted physical education teacher

High school sport coach

Physical education teacher

Physical education coordinator

Assistant principal


What are some courses offered in Adapted Physical Education at ODU?

HPE 504:
Adapted Physical Education

Students will become acquainted with the practices and researching of different disabilities, the learning modes of the exceptional child, and IDEA (the law that advocates free and appropriate education). The course will also examine how to work within the ecosystem surrounding a child with disabilities. A vital component of the course will be the practical application of theory.

HPE 704:
Advanced Studies in Adapted Physical Education

This course provides experiences of teaching adapted physical education content in lecture and gymnasium settings. Students will develop an understanding of a broad spectrum of disability related content that is applicable to physical education, and gain a deep knowledge of specific topics within disability studies. General and disability specific teaching strategies will be discussed.

HPE 740:
Motor Learning and Development

This course covers a combination of motor development and motor learning topics. The course information and structure are designed to optimize practitioners? effectiveness in the classroom and on the field via practical application of motor behavior theories, concepts and principles. Attention is directed toward understanding the acquisition of skills from the fundamental, initial level to the sport-specific, more advanced level, toward optimal age and skill-level practices and developing appropriate motor skill assessments for infants through older adulthood. Past and current research findings are incorporated into each of the course topics.


What are the requirements to apply for Adapted Physical Education at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Adapted Physical Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 and a GPA of 3.00 in the undergraduate major courses.

  • A score of at least 291 (900 by former scoring standard) in the quantitative and verbal portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - GRE scores are required for consideration of admission for all candidates. (In some circumstances, students who have either a low GPA or a low GRE score may be considered for admission with provisional status).

  • A demonstrated computer literacy.


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 571


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


Competitive graduate assistantships available for full-time students.

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