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Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization - Program Review Launchpad

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1. Program Summary

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1.1 Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization Program Summary

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Program Summary 


California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) offers candidates a cohesive, sequenced, and comprehensive program of study toward completion of the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA). Students can complete the CSULB APEAA program as an undergraduate credential, postbac credential, or through the master’s graduate program. The APEAA Program follows the professional standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Committee on Accreditation (CTC), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Professional Standards. The Program includes academic sequenced coursework and a variety of supervised fieldwork experiences (i.e., on-campus, agencies, and various public-school sites). The program is strongly committed to the development of APE teachers to teach the diverse student populations and disabilities attending the California Public schools, especially students who are precluded from participating in a general education physical education program. 

Leadership within the credential program


The Kinesiology Department at CSULB under the direction of Drs. Melissa BittnerAssistant Professor and Adapted Physical Education Credential Coordinator, and Amanda Young, Assistant Professor, offers a year-round (fall, spring, and summer sessions) program of physical activity for children with disabilities and neurodiversity. The program provides children the opportunity to receive quality physical activity experiences under the direction of qualified instructors in a safe, fun, and positive setting. 


Course of Study (Curriculum and Field Experience) 


Candidates seeking a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) APEAA must complete the following 27 units of coursework: 

  • KIN 320 Adapted Physical Education (3) - Prerequisites: BIOL 208 
  • KIN 427/527 Physical and Motor Assessment (3) - Prerequisites: KIN 315; 320
  • KIN 387* Physical Activity for the Disabled (3) - Prerequisites: KIN 320; Corequisite: KIN 489A
  • KIN 388* Program Planning and Instruction in Adapted Physical Education (3) - Prerequisite: KIN 387; Corequisite: KIN 489A 
  • KIN 489A Fieldwork in APE (6) includes teaching in the ASAPP and arranging hours in the public schools for a total of 6 units (usually in conjunction with KIN 387 and 388).

Candidates who hold a SSPE, MS or ES credential may substitute Graduate Courses KIN 537 for KIN 387 and KIN 638 for KIN 388.  

  • KIN 489A fieldwork arranged in public schools with APE Coordinator approval. 

Assessment of Candidates 


Candidates are regular assessed for program competencies in every course and during field practice activities and student teaching.  Teacher candidates also complete an assessment portfolio to demonstrate competencies as a culminating activity.  Candidates receive information about how they will be assessed at the beginning of the program through information sessions and orientations, as well as throughout courses. Program coordinator and faculty advisors consistently check in with students regarding the results of their assessments. 

1.1.1 Table Depicting Location, Delivery Models, and Pathways

Location Delivery Model  Pathway
Main Campus-Kinesiology Building Hyflex  Traditional Student Teaching
Main Campus-Kinesiology Building In-person Traditional Student Teaching
Main Campus-Kinesiology Building In-person Traditional Student Teaching

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2. Organizational Structure

3. Faculty Qualifications

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3.1 Faculty Distribution Table


Part-Time Vacancies


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3.2 Annotated List of Faculty

Name & Degree

Credential Courses Taught (Number & Title)


Melissa Bittner, Ph.D.

KIN 320 - Introduction to Adapted Physical Education
KIN 387 - Physical Education for Students with Disabilities
KIN 388 - Planning and Instruction in Adapted Physical Education
KIN 427 - Physical and Motor Assessment (Upper Division)
KIN 489A - Fieldwork in Adapted Physical Education
KIN 526 - Physical and Motor Assessment (Graduate Standing)

Terri Taylor, M.S.

KIN 489A - Fieldwork in Adapted Physical Education

Amanda Young, Ph.D.

KIN 638 - Seminar Trends in Adapted Physsical Education

3.3 Published Adjunct Experience and Qualifications Requirements

Adjunct positions typically require an MA/MS degree, with a doctoral degree preferred, and relevant professional experience in this field. Specific adjunct qualifications currently are not published for this program.

3.4 Faculty Recruitment Documents (PDF)

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4. Course Sequence

5. Course Matrix & Syllabi

6. Fieldwork & Clinical Practice

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6.1 Fieldwork and Clinical Practice Overview Table


Total Hours

Adapted Physical Education



Course Number/Title


Fieldwork and Associated Assignment




45 (x 2)

Fieldwork in Adapted Physical Education

(KIN 489A) offers three units of credit for

students interested in gaining experience

providing physical activity programs to

individual with disabilities. The experience

is part of the required coursework for the

Adapted Physical Education Added

Authorization (APEAA) Credential. The

student is required to accumulate at least

45 hours of fieldwork per three units of

university credit. CSULB CA APEAA

Credential requirements include 3 units,

repeated twice for a total of 6 units and

90 Contact hours of fieldwork.


The student will complete each three

units per semester at two different

fieldwork sites one will be the CSULBAfter

School Adapted Physical-activity

Program (ASAPP) and one in the public

schools with a certified APEAA teacher.

This way, the student will receive

exposure to a variety of facilities,

equipment, disabilities, ages, and teaching

styles. Placement at a particular site is

determined by the student's career 

objectives and his/her previous

experiences in adapted physical education.

6.2 Affiliation Agreements and MOUs for Field Placement

CED Approved Fieldwork Districts and Community Partners 

CED Affiliation Agreement Template (PDF)

Signed Affiliation Agreements

CED Intern MOU Template (PDF)

Signed MOUs

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6.3 Veteran Practitioners Training Materials

APEAA SSCP Mentor Teacher Training Agenda (PDF)

APEAA SSCP Mentor Teacher Training (PDF)

6.4 Documentation of Candidate Placement

APEAA Candidate Placements (PDF)

6.5 Clinical Practice Manual

APEAA Clinical Practice Manual (PDF)

6.6 Fieldwork and Clinical Practice Syllabi

APAEE Fieldwork and Clinical Practice Syllabi (PDF)

6.6.1 Clinical Practice Assessment Instruments

APEAA Clinical Practice Assessment Instruments (PDF)

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7. Credential Recommendations

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7.1 Description of Credential Recommendation Process

Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA) candidates receive initial and ongoing advising from their program coordinator to ensure they are making satisfactory completion in the program. Candidates can monitor their program progress using the Adapted Physical Education Advising Sheet, provided to them at the beginning of the program. Each candidate admitted to the APEAA Program will also establish a file in the CSULB Credential Center and submit all supporting documentation. Candidates receive a credential evaluation (program status report), completed by a credential analyst indicating their current program status and requirements that are outstanding and required prior to credential recommendation.

At the end of the final semester, the program coordinator will sign off on the APEAA Advisement Sheet, which includes the notification that the candidate has completed all requirements for the authorization. A credential analyst will complete a final evaluation and confirm that all program and state requirements have been met prior to credential recommendation. A credential analyst will ensure that only qualified APEAA candidates are recommended for the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization. 

7.1.1 Candidate Progress Monitoring Documents

Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization Coursework Advisement Sheet (PDF)


Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization Credential Evaluation (PDF)

7.1.2 Individual Development Plan (IDP) Form

Not Applicable


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