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NMSU offers Adapted Physical Education summer course

The New Mexico State University Adapted Physical Education (NMSUAPE) program will offer a graduate-level online summer course for students interested in preparing for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) examination.

ss is designed to prepare students for the successful completion of the APENS exam, which leads to advanced certification as a National Certified Adapted Physical Educator.

Adapted physical education, or APE, is physical education that is as appropriate for a person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.

"Why not teach all students a disabled sport instead of teaching disabled students an able-bodied sport?" said Scott Pedersen, director of the NMSUAPE program.

Pedersen said the rules, boundaries or equipment can be modified in sports and games to make them accessible for people with disabilities.

The NMSUAPE program was created in 2003 as a part of the Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department in the College of Education. It allows graduate students to earn a master's in education with an emphasis in APE.

The course is the first to be offered online that will allow interested students to prepare for the APENS exam. Pedersen would like to make it possible for people all over the world to sign up for the course.

Undergraduates also are encouraged to sign up. Pedersen recommends undergraduates take the APENS exam and then go on to graduate school to complete the rest of the requirements to become a certified adapted physical educator.

The APENS professional preparation course will cover 15 national standards identified by professionals in the field that are competencies an adapted physical educator should know when teaching a child with disabilities.

Students taking the course will get the opportunity to talk to APE professionals from around the world in a weekly chat room.

"Students will have the chance to ask questions and gain networking opportunities with professionals in the field," Pedersen said.

The APENS exam will be offered at the NMSU campus on July 7, the Friday after the course ends on July 3. Students taking the course from a distant location will have the opportunity to take the exam at their own university.

Pedersen is one of only two people in the state of New Mexico certified in APE, and he hopes to change that with courses such as this in the NMSUAPE program. One day Pedersen would like to see a certified adapted physical educator in every school district in the country.

To register for the course or receive additional information, visit http://education.nmsu.edu/nmsuape or contact Pedersen at (505) 646-2071.

Lacey Daniell
March 17, 2006