Adapted Physical Education Add-On Certification (860)

The next cohort courses for the 860 add on certification program in Adapted Physical Education will begin in fall. Interested students can apply to the cohort prior to this time, but classes will not be available until fall.
The School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers a program for physical education teachers who wish to complete the Wisconsin 860 Add-On Certification in Adapted Physical Education. The program consists of a total of 12 credit hours* including coursework and practicum. Students who do not attain competency will be assigned a one credit follow-up project designed to address areas of weakness.

The program is offered to:

  • licensed physical education teachers
  • majors who will be completing the requirements for certification to teach physical education by May.
Courses in this program meet monthly on Saturdays or 100% online.

​Applying to the Program

You do not need to apply to UW-Stevens Point for acceptance into this program; however, you should send a letter of intent, a copy of your current teaching license, and copies of transcripts to UWSP for evaluation to determine if any of the courses listed above could be applied to your program. 

Please send the following information:
  • Letter of Intent
  • Copies of Transcripts
  • Copy of current Teaching License
Send to:
Kristi Roth, Ph.D.
School of Education
College of Professional Studies Room 110D
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
You may also fax your application information to Kristi Roth
Fax number: 715-346-4655
Application questions? Email Kristi Roth at
For additional course information or to register for these courses once you have been accepted into the program, please contact Cathy Scheder, Administrative Program Specialist, at 715-346-4403 or

Required Courses

PEX 715 Advanced Assessment and Prescription in Adapted Physical Education
(2 credits - Hybrid) 
Current assessment and evaluation tools and techniques used in adapted physical education. Appropriate prescription techniques, ecological inventories, and placement recommendations based on the least restrictive environment. Application of evaluation within the IEP process.  Prereq: Certif to teach phy ed. 


PEX 740 Advanced Seminar in Adapted Physical Education
(3 credits - Hybrid)
An in-depth study of problems as they relate to procedures, practices, organization, and administration in adapted physical education.  Remediation of problems through IEP maintenance, appropriate curricular planning, activity selection, and instructional techniques.  Application of solutions to barriers within a on-campus lab setting. Prereq: Certif to teach phy ed; 715, 760 or con reg.


PEX 760 Advanced Practicum and Community Connections in Adapted Physical Education
(1 credit - Online)
Level II practicum experience working with students with disabilities in an educational/community based setting with continued practice with evaluation, instruction, reflection. Prereq: 400, 401 or equiv undergrad course.


PEX 400* Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities
(2 credits)
Physical education for individuals with disabilities emphasizing identification, assessment, program development, and learning as they apply to instruction. Prereq: Con reg in 401; and P ED 200, 201, 331; admission to School of Education.


PEX 401* Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities - Practicum
(1 credit)
Hands-on intervention with children with disabilities in aquatics
and motor development. Prereq: Con reg in 400 and P ED 200,
201, 331; admission to School of Education.


EDUC 351or 551* Teaching Children and Youth with Exceptional Needs in the General/Regular Classroom
(3 credits)
Characteristics and differences of students with disabilities, gifts/talents abilities, or culturally diverse backgrounds; alternative teaching approaches emphasizing the least restrictive environment. Practicum is required. Prereq: Psych 110.

*Most undergraduate physical education degree programs require 3 credits of adapted physical education (UWSP's PEX 400, 401) and 3 credits of intro to special needs in the regular classroom (UWSP's EDUC 351).

If you have taken these courses as an undergraduate they will be applied to your add-on preparation. If you have not taken these courses they may be taken at the undergraduate level.

The remaining courses are offered to licensed physical education teachers at the graduate level only.


Applying for your Add-On License

Apply for your add-on license through the UW-Stevens Point School of Education 

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