Adapted Physical Education Specialists
SOC: 25-2059.01


Provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
40,400 employed

Projected (2024):
43,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Adapted Physical Education Aide
  • Adapted Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity Specialist
  • Adapted Physical Education Specialist
  • Adapted Physical Education Specialist-Workshop Leader
  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher
  • Adaptive Physical Education Specialist
  • Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
  • Adaptive Physical Educator
  • Autism Motor Specialist
  • Autism Resource and Education Specialist
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Specialist
  • Certified Adapted Physical Educator
  • Certified Adaptive Physical Educator
  • Education Specialist
  • Movement Education Specialist
  • Physical Education Specialist
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Student Education Specialist

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Review adapted physical education programs or practices to ensure compliance with government or other regulations.
  • Request or order physical education equipment, following standard procedures.
  • Write reports to summarize student performance, social growth, or physical development.
  • Attend in-service training, workshops, or meetings to keep abreast of current practices or trends in adapted physical education.
  • Write or modify individualized education plans (IEPs) for students with intellectual or physical disabilities.
  • Provide students positive feedback to encourage them and help them develop an appreciation for physical education.
  • Provide individual or small groups of students with adapted physical education instruction that meets desired physical needs or goals.
  • Prepare lesson plans in accordance with individualized education plans (IEPs) and the functional abilities or needs of students.
  • Maintain thorough student records to document attendance, participation, or progress, ensuring confidentiality of all records.
  • Maintain inventory of instructional equipment, materials, or aids.
  • Evaluate the motor needs of individual students to determine their need for adapted physical education services.
  • Establish and maintain standards of behavior to create safe, orderly, and effective environments for learning.
  • Communicate behavioral observations and student progress reports to students, parents, teachers, or administrators.
  • Assist in screening or placement of students in adapted physical education programs.
  • Assess students' physical progress or needs.
  • Advise education professionals of students' physical abilities or disabilities and the accommodations required to enhance their school performance.
  • Adapt instructional techniques to the age and skill levels of students.
  • Provide adapted physical education services to students with intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic impairments, or other disabling condition.
  • Instruct students, using adapted physical education techniques, to improve physical fitness, gross motor skills, perceptual motor skills, or sports and game achievement.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Archery targets
  • Badminton sets
  • Balance beams
  • Balance boards
  • Basketball hoops
  • Basketballs
  • Beeper balls
  • Bowling sets
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer laser printers
  • Croquet sets
  • Dart board equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Dumbbells
  • Electric wheelchairs
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Exercise bands
  • Footballs
  • Golf clubs
  • Hockey sticks
  • Hula hoops
  • Jump ropes
  • Kickboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Lower body weight machines
  • Medicine balls
  • Parachutes
  • Personal computers
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Shuffleboard sets
  • Soccer balls
  • Soccer goals
  • Softball bats
  • Swim flippers
  • T-ball equipment
  • Tennis rackets
  • Upper body ergometers
  • Upper body weight machines
  • Volleyballs
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Individualized Educational Program IEP software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Student record software
  • Web browser software

  • education training and library

    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000