Master of Adapted Physical Education

Professional Program

Physical education for every body

Earn a master of adapted physical education degree to become a K-12 physical education and adapted physical education teacher. By completing this professional degree program, referred to as MAPE, you’ll also earn a recommendation for an Oregon K-12 preliminary teaching license in physical education and an endorsement in adapted physical education.

The MAPE program is a 14-month (June-August) graduate program that includes graduate courses, as well as extensive practical experiences in the public schools at all levels. If you’re interested in this program, you will submit the majority of application materials through the Oregon State University Graduate School.



Since the 1991-1992 academic year, Oregon State University has sponsored one of the most recognized and well-respected professional physical education teacher education programs in the United States.

Our program is known around the globe for the promotion of physical activity and health behavior of children with and without disabilities. We have been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and regulated by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Historically, the Physical Education Teacher Education program and the Adapted Physical Activity (formerly Movement Studies in Disability) program at Oregon State University have been inextricably linked through program collaborations, research initiatives and courses, as well as funding mechanisms for students through federal training grants (i.e., Office of Special Education Programs).

In 2012, we began the process of merging the master of science in kinesiology, focused on physical education teacher education, and the master of science in kinesiology, in the Adapted Physical Activity concentration. The intent of this merger was to improve the efficiency of our curriculum delivery and to meet the needs of public schools within our community, state and nation. According to the 30th Annual Report to Congress (2011), 95 percent of children with disabilities were educated in general school buildings. It is a logical step to train our students in both general and adapted physical education to better serve our public schools and to make students more marketable when they graduate from our program.

MAPE places a stronger emphasis on the strengths of our respective concentrations and our program of kinesiology. MAPE provides a unique approach to training physical educators and adapted physical educators with a specific emphasis on the health and well-being of all students through the promotion of physical activity.