Adapted Physical Education for Educators

Course Number: EDU 5515 C72 (Graduate)
Instructor: Andy Weinberg
Location: Castleton University, Castleton, VT and Online
Dates and Times: July 5 to August 10, 2018. In Person at Castleton University on July 5 and August 10, 2018, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with online and independent work in between.
Tuition: $925

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $925, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Credit card payments can also be made online. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701.

Course Description

The course is designed to emphasize the importance of physical education for students of all abilities. The course examines the inclusion of children with disabilities in a physical activity setting. P.L. 94-142 and other legal mandates will be a major focus of the course. The specific topics covered in this class are aligned with the Core Teaching Standards: learning development, learning differences, learning environment, planning for instruction, instructional strategies, application if content, assessment, and ethical practice.

Elementary & Secondary Physical Educators, Coaches, Special Education teachers & Administrators.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand the principles of inclusion and legal guidelines that provide children and families the right to an appropriate education. 
  2. What research says about including children with disabilities in general physical education with a focus on practices that facilitate the inclusion of children with disabilities. 
  3. The collaborative process with a focus on roles of various specialists in schools and understand which specialist to seek to help them include children with disabilities.
  4. The planning process for creating and implementing an individual physical education program for a child with a disability.
  5. How to make instructional and curricular accommodations for children who have a difficult time understanding directions, strategies, rules, and expectations. 
  6. How to differentiate instruction so that children with disabilities safely, successfully, and meaningfully participate in games without ruing the game for the children without disabilities. 
  7. How to accommodate children with behavior problems with a focus on positive behavior. 
  8. The safety concerns when children with disabilities are included in physical education and how to make the environment safe for everyone. 
  9. Social Factors related to inclusion and how to facilitate acceptance.

Course Expectations

You will be assigned weekly readings and assignments related to material that will be covered each week. Assignments will be provided in Moodle. 

Assignments will be in the form of reflections, article review, disability fact sheets, IEP’s, case studies, experimental activities, and a final project. 

The final project is designed to develop a fitness program for a student or students that you work with. In part, the project combines all the work you have completed during the course. The goal is for you to have a program that is useful for you during your teaching career and one that can be modified to meet the needs of a particular learner. 
The course is a hybrid course. The weekly assignments will be through Moodle but we will also meet in person. We will meet at Castleton two days in July, one day in August, and again once your academic year starts.


  • Intro Essay (10 Points)
  • Online discussions (20 Points) - 2 discussions at 10 points each
  • Reflection (10 points)
  • Article Review (10 Points)
  • Disability Fact Sheet (20 Points) – 2 fact sheets at 10 points each
  • Case Study (50 Points) – 5 case studies at 10 points each
  • Lesson Plan (20 Points)
  • Assessment (10 Points)
  • Final Project (100 Points)

250 Total


A 233 – 250 
A- 225 – 233 
B + 218 – 224
B 208 – 217
B - 200 – 207
C+ 193 – 199
C 185 – 192
C - 175 – 184
D + 168 – 174
D 160 – 167
D - 150 – 159
F - Below 150

For additional course information

Andy Weinberg
(802) 989-3982

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!