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Graduate Catalog 2011-12 
Graduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Physical Education: Special Physical Education

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Special Physical Education
Jiabei Zhang
Room 1043 Student Recreation Center

The Master of Arts in Special (Adapted) Physical Education is an exciting program structured in a way that allows students to develop a sound professional philosophy, acquire research skills, and increase professional competencies through the completion of a program primarily online. The program prepares teachers to provide quality special (adapted) physical education for K-12 children with disabilities in the least restrictive, most appropriate and inclusive environments. Program includes 36 credit hours to complete degree with up to 27 credit hours online through WMU and at least 9 credit hours through student’s local institution with prior program approval. Program graduate is endorsed to teach physical education for children with disabilities with a valid teaching certificate in physical education or special education (depending on the certification process in state of residence). Students can choose a thesis or non-thesis internship option. This program is currently funded by U.S. Department of Education. Qualified students accepted into this program will receive financial supports with free tuition. Contact Dr. Jiabel Zhang at ZHANGJ@wmich.edu for application forms.

Coursework required for Master of Arts in Physical Education: Special (Adapted) Physical Education:

Emphasis (18 credit hours)

Capstone (6 or 9 credit hours)

  • HPER 7120 Professional Field Experience Credits: 2 to 12 hours. (3 credit hours needed).
  • HPER 7100 Independent Research Credits: 2 to 6 hours. (3 credit hours needed).


  • HPER 7000 Thesis Credits: 1 to 6 hours. (6 credit hours needed). 3 elective hours only if taking HPER 7000.

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