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TEAS 4009/5009/6009 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

TEAS 4009/5009/6009 - Adaptive Physical Education in Special Education

2 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course includes strategies for assessing and individualized physical education program planning and implementation for students with disabilities.

This course is available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate courses are listed as 4000-level courses; graduate courses are listed as 5000- or 6000-level courses according to university policy.

Course Outcomes:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the current inclusion philosophy and its application to physical education programs for students with disabilities including modification of instructional variables within the least restrictive environment including physical education service delivery options.
  2. Explain the definition of physical education under current federal legislation providing special education services for students with disabilities as a direct service of special education (IDEA) and other legislation providing for an appropriate education – Section 504 and ADA.
  3. Describe the roles of the adapted physical educator or other personnel in the implementation of the individualized education plan (IEP) and the referral process for special education services.
  4. Describe and develop the components of the individualized education program as they apply to physical education from interpretation of assessment results to the development of goals, benchmarks and modifications.
  5. Recognize and apply models of motor development in adapted physical education programs.
  6. Explain and demonstrate the current best practices in methods and principles for providing individualized and appropriate physical education for students with disabilities.
  7. Describe the learning, social, and behavioral characteristics of specific disabilities with implications for physical education programming and participation.
  8. Develop and implement physical education experiences for a person with disabilities.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Participants must have a teaching certificate in any area.

Course Topics:
Specific Course Requirements:

All students should have a working knowledge of the following: 

  • word processing (Microsoft word)
  • email and attachments (web mail, outlook or internet explorer) 
  • using an internet browser. 
  • searching the world wide web (WWW)- including locating and using websites
  • downloading and uploading documents and Internet links 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There will be two formal tests administered for the course online via the test tool on the course home page. Additionally there will be specific assignments in conjunction with some chapters. These will be problem solving and application in nature. Specific deadlines will be indicated and will need to be followed. Assignments must be submitted via the course assignment drop box.

Grading Procedures:

Points will be awarded for specific assignments and tests

Criteria for assignment responses:

  • typed responses
  • content is easily understood and accurately responds to all assigned questions/objectives
  • demonstration of an understanding of the application of material related to each case study/ an accurate strategy is provided based on the needs of the child

Graduate Students: In addition to the assignments for each module, graduate students will be required to submit 2 additional assignments. Refer to Drop Box for details.

Grading Scale:
Below 60%F


Assignments and Projects:

Module 1 Introduction To Adapted Physical Education
Course Overview

Module 2 Determining Individual Needs In Physical Education Legal Mandates for assessment and determining present level of

Module 3 Developing the Individualized Education Program Delivering Services in the Most Inclusive Environment

Module 5 Physical Fitness and Conditioning

Module 6 Children In Crisis- Psychosocial Delays

Module 8 Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Module 9 Specific Learning Disability

Module 10 Behavior and Emotional Disorders

Module 11 Physical Disabilities

Module 13 Visual Impairments

Graduate Student Additional Requirements
See course Drop Box for Additional Graduate Student Requirements 

Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. Students must communicate with other students in the chat room, students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, students must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussion events. Students must also adhere to specific deadlines. 

Late Policy:

All assignments are due by 10:00PM on the designated date. Be sure to follow Module outlines and note specific dates.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017