About This Program

Department of Physical Education and Health Education

If it’s a rewarding career you’re after, the Springfield College adapted physical education concentration can help get you there. Our program is one of few master’s programs in the country to qualify licensed teachers to sit for the exam leading to national certification as a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE).

Through this graduate track, you’ll be prepared to work with individuals with special needs who wish to engage in physical activities. You also will be equipped to develop and manage prescriptive programs for patients with disabilities who require specialized activities. 

All graduate students in the concentration will learn core concepts related to assessment and remedial exercise theory. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach, with students taking courses in adapted physical education, special education, and rehabilitation and disability studies. Fieldwork with emphasis on public school adapted physical education programs, with additional placements in recreational, geriatric, clinical, and social agencies, will prepare you to start and succeed in your career.

Students entering the adapted physical education concentration who have not earned an undergraduate degree in physical education, and who wish to attain teacher certification, must also satisfy the requirements for the physical education teacher licensure program.

Graduate Coordinator:
Michelle Moosbrugger, PhD
(413) 748-3486
mmoosbrugger@springfieldcollege.edu

Studying Adapted Physical Education at Springfield College