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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 designing, implementing, and assessing within adapted physical education programs.  The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach with students selecting from a menu of courses in physical education, special education, health promotion, exercise science, psychology, and counseling. 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.

Alum Testimonial

Brittni Upchurch ‘13, G’15

"As a Springfield College student I met some incredible folk with whom I was able to build long standing relationships. Fortunately, my relationships with colleagues, staff, and faculty didn't end after graduation.

Being given the opportunity to intern with a truly talented Adapted Physical Education teacher (and fellow Springfield Graduate) in the field made a big difference.  She provided me with incredible insight and allowed me to experience as much as possible prior to my graduation."

 

Brittni Upchurch
Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in all terms.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Sequence of courses

The concentration in Adapted Physical Education is designed to prepare students to assist persons with special needs so that they may safely and successfully engage in programs of physical activities suited to their interests and capacities.

The Master’s program in Adapted Physical Education is intended to meet the needs of licensed physical educators who are seeking additional experience and knowledge in working with individuals with disabilities. Students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) certification exam and achieve national certification (Certified Adapted Physical Educator - CAPE) through the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEIRD). With this certification, graduates will be in better position to gain employment and work effectively in the field, as they will be listed on the national registry of certified adapted physical educators and be eligible to include the initials “CAPE” after their names. Prerequisite courses are required, but may be completed concurrently with master’s-level courses.

The purposes and objectives of adapted physical education are to:

  • Aid in adjustment and resocialization.
  • Contribute to security by increasing the ability to meet demands of daily living.
  • Protect individuals from undue demands and exercise beyond their tolerance.
  • Develop strength, endurance, and coordination for daily living.
  • Develop skill in appropriate games, sports, and rhythms.
  • Aid in self-correction of conditions that can be improved or removed.

The College maintains affiliations with schools, agencies, and hospitals wherein appropriate field training experiences are provided.

All candidates for this concentration are expected to have an undergraduate background in physical education and, where their educational background is deficient, are required to make up such deficiencies in addition to pursuing the regular graduate program.

The Master’s candidate may choose from the M.Ed., or the M.S. Degree (thesis required for this option).  Thesis students must complete a minimum of 33 credits and Independent Study students must complete a minimum of 34 credits.

Prerequisites: Physical Education Teaching License or Certificate or permission from the department chair, and:

 

PEAC 108 - Adapted Sport I 

PEAC 109 - Adapted Sport II 

PEAC 208 - Adapted Aquatics Instructor 

A. Program requirements (12 credits)

B. Selectives

Thesis Students - 9 credits; Independent Study Students - 15 credits

C. Research core (3 credits)

D. Research requirements (4-9 credits)

Thesis

Those students completing a thesis will take an oral examination on their research and qualify for an M.S. or M.Ed.  Thesis students must take RSCH 615 or 620, RSCH 612, and RSCH 635, which reduces selective choices.

Independent Study

*Students completing PHED 692 will take 6 more credits of graduate selectives (15 credits total) than students completing a thesis, and must pass the Poster Presentation to qualify for the M.Ed.

1. Thesis option (9 credits)

Those students completing a thesis will take an oral examination on their research and qualify for the M.S. or M.Ed.  Thesis students must take RSCH 615 or 620, RSCH 612, and RSCH 635.

2. Independent Study option (4 credits)

Students completing PHED 692 will take more electives and must pass the poster presentation to qualify for the M.Ed.

E. Degree Information

Candidates in the Adapted Physical Education program are eligible for the M.Ed. or M.S. Degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • April 15 for May entry
  • July 15 for September entry
  • December 1 for January entry
Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost (33 credits) $36,465
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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