The Human Movement: Adapted Physical Activity minor benefits students preparing for elementary school teaching, social work, child advocacy, mental health work, group-home work, the fitness profession, family counseling, coaching, outdoor education and other fields that impact special needs children and their families.

Your ability to understand why children learn and behave the way they do will stem from knowledge of the central nervous system, which provides a solid theoretical base. Coupled with a teaching credential, this minor will provide you the opportunity for rapid employment.

You will gain knowledge of the socio-historical perspectives of disability including strategies for social change, integration and inclusion, lifespan wellness, movement success and individual self-empowerment, as well as examine legislation and disability sport.

Required Courses

You must have completed the following prerequisites:

Complete all of the following:

  • KIN 376: Prin of Mov for Ind w/ Disab (3 units)
  • KIN 377: Neurological Impairment (3 units)

Complete one of the following:

  • KIN 372: Socio Persp Spor w/ Dis Emph (3 units)
  • KIN 375: Motor Behavior (3 units)

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Perspectives in Adapted Physical Activity

Students understand the fundamental principles and issues common to the field of adapted physical education, including the neurosensory developmental approach, etiology (the cause and origin) of most commonly occurring disabilities, indicators and contraindicators related to body awareness and academic success.

Diversity and Multiculturalism

Students understand complex social issues for individuals with disabilities.

Collaboration, Leadership & Social Responsibility

Students work in multicultural team settings to contribute to the development of multicultural classrooms and develop skills in working with diverse children. Students display a social conscience at the individual, community, school or agency level regarding individuals with disabilities.