Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (PEID) Minor
The Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (PEID) Minor is about empowering people with disabilities through physical activity, sport, fitness, swimming and general movement. It focuses not only on children in schools, but the wide range of places and ages that people with disabilities might need adaptations or accommodations such as pools, fields, courts, classrooms, and fitness centers.
Why Minor in Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (also called Adapted PE)?
The minor will improve your knowledge of how to adapt physical activities, exercises, games, sports, aquatics and wellness classroom activities. You will learn firsthand how to help children and young adults to safely, independently, and successfully participate in inclusive physical activity, physical education, recreation, or competitive sports.
All student who complete the minor will have:
A certificate of completion
200 hours of adapted physical activity experience
A Special Olympics Coaching certification
Experience adapting physical activity for individuals with physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and visual impairments.
All Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification majors who successfully complete the minor will have met the 'sitting requirements' for the National Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) Exam, given here at WCU.
All majors are welcome! You do not need to be an Adapted PE minor nor have Formal Admission to Teacher Education in order to volunteer for the programs (only need Child Abuse, Criminal Background and FBI fingerprint clearances)
The minor is labor intensive, but the group of PEID minors is likened to a team or mini-family!
PEID Curriculum and Requirements
The curriculum for the PEID minor stresses learning in context. It mixes theoretical knowledge with hands-on application. PEID minors will work one-on-one as a performance coach to a student in a physical activity setting, lead small group lessons in adapted sport, physical activity and fitness, and will coach Special Olympians. In addition, they will participate in wheelchair sports such as Wheelchair Rugby, blind sports such as Goalball and Beep Baseball, and most importantly teach children and young adults the joy of physical activity participation in over seven different programs.
The minor is 24 credits for non-Health and Physical Education (HPE) Majors and 15 additional credits for HPE majors.