Department of Kinesiology
West Chester University
Dr. Frank Fry
206 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2260 or 2261
Fax: (610) 436-2860
The minor in Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities is designed to familiarize and provide WCU students with a depth of knowledge, skills and attitudes about the benefits of physical activity (and how to facilitate those benefits) for people with disabilities. Adapted physical activity is the umbrella term used to encompass exercise, physical education, recreation, dance, sport, fitness activities, and rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities across the life span. Today, in school settings, the terminology most widely used is adapted of special physical education. This minor is open to students in any major, but it is especially suited for the interests/career options of students majoring in health and physical education teacher certification and exercise science, students majoring in special education, and students in professional studies.
This program is also an opportunity for service learning projects.
What is service learning in the West Chester University Adapted Physical Education Minor Program?
Service learning is the basis for ALL we do in the Adapted Physical Education Minor! The West Chester Students try to accumulate 200 hours working with children with disabilities in Physical Education by the time they graduate. Service learning is providing community service while learning the objectives of a class or program. This is an important aspect of the West Chester University Adapted Physical Education program. Most service learning opportunities are tied to courses within the minor. The students begin their service learning experience in their sophomore year with the Intro to Adapted PE course while working in the "on-campus" Adapted PE program on Wednesday nights. In addition, students spend 10 hours in Adapted Sports class working with a Chester County Special Olympics Soccer Team.
Adapted P.E. minors then become instructors in the on-campus Wednesday night Service Learning in Physical Education for Students with Disabilities program; serving 55 children with disabilities ages 5 to 21 during their KIN 362, Assessment for Students with Disabilities class. Adapted P.E. minors spend one full day at the school known as CADES (Children and Adult Disability and Educational Services), and two afternoons with school district Adapted PE teachers in the West Chester and Downingtown area school districts. Lastly, in KIN 400, the WCU students spend 3 days and 3 nights at a sports weekend for children who are blind, coaching them in 7 different sports and teaching nutrition education.