Master of Adapted Physical Education

MAPE Program Admissions

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree who meets the prerequisites listed below is eligible to apply for admission to the professional MAPE degree program. Students in the final year of their bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply prior to graduation with formal admittance to the program dependent on the successful completion of the bachelor’s degree. The Adapted Physical Education program supports and abides by the university’s mission and vision for equity, inclusion and diversity. The admission criteria and prerequisite coursework are outlined below.


Application Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university prior to beginning the program
  • Satisfactory completion (C- or better) of prerequisite courses in physical education to represent basic content knowledge.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including Oregon State
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the undergraduate degree
  • Resume – include education, practicum or teaching experiences, work with diverse populations, other work experience with children and youth, honors, activities and interests.
  • Professional goal statement – Describe your interests and motivation for applying to the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • One must come from a physical educator who has observed you in a formal school setting, attesting to your competence in working with school-age children/youth.
    • The second letter is from a current or former professor who can attest to your academic ability to do graduate work.
    • The third letter may fit either of the first two categories.
  • Form B (doc). The Subject Matter Competency List. This document is not uploaded to the Graduate School Admissions Page. It should be sent directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • TSPC Character Question Form (docx). Required by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Please send directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • Minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteering and/or observation under a licensed physical educator. 25 of those hours must come from an elementary physical education setting, and another 25 from a secondary setting (middle or high school). Documentation of hours must be verifiable.
  • Passing Score on the ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Exam. A PDF of your passing score should be sent directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • Passing Score on the ORELA Physical Education Exam, if completed by application deadline. If provisionally admitted, this passing score is required by September 1 of your program year. A PDF of your passing score should be sent directly to Heidi Wegis.
  • Satisfactory completion (C- or better) of the following courses and/or equivalent: PSY 350 Lifespan Human Development; ED 253 Learning Across the Lifespan; ED 216 Purpose, Structure and Function of Education in a Democracy; and ED 219 Multicultural Issues in Education.


Criteria for Admission

A review of applications will begin on January 15, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort is full or April 1, 2019, whichever comes first. You are encouraged to submit your application by January 15, 2019 because there are a limited number of spots available in each cohort. Students interested in applying to the program should visit OSU Office of Admissions.

A review board consisting of the MAPE program director, MAPE program faculty and preceptors will evaluate each application to the professional program. Formal notification of admission to the MAPE program will be made by the program director via email. The OSU Graduate School will also notify each student of their admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences Manager of Graduate Admissions, Applications and Recruitment will contact each applicant regarding the process of admissions and the application status throughout the progression.

Applicants who are not admitted to the program will receive notification of this decision. Students may be wait-listed, and if a vacancy should become available prior to commencement of the program in the summer, these students will be informed of the opportunity to join the program.