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Occupation Description 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.

Adapted Physical Education Specialist Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain standards of behavior to create safe, orderly, and effective environments for learning.
  • Evaluate the motor needs of individual students to determine their need for adapted physical education services.
  • Review adapted physical education programs or practices to ensure compliance with government or other regulations.
  • Maintain thorough student records to document attendance, participation, or progress, ensuring confidentiality of all records.
  • Advise education professionals of students’ physical abilities or disabilities and the accommodations required to enhance their school performance.
  • Provide adapted physical education services to students with intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic impairments, or other disabling condition.

Adapted Physical Education Specialist Required Skills

These are the skills Adapted Physical Education Specialists say are the most useful in their careers:

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Other Adapted Physical Education Specialist Job Titles

  • Services Education Specialist
  • School Physical Education Specialist
  • Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
  • Adapted Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity Specialist
  • Developmental Physical Educator

Job Opportunities for Adapted Physical Education Specialists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 41,300 jobs in the United States for Adapted Physical Education Specialist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,100 new jobs for Adapted Physical Education Specialist by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,400 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Adapted Physical Education Specialist are Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii. Watch out if you plan on working in North Dakota, North Carolina, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for an Adapted Physical Education Specialist

The average yearly salary of an Adapted Physical Education Specialist ranges between $34,580 and $98,730.


Adapted Physical Education Specialists who work in Oregon, Rhode Island, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Adapted Physical Education Specialists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $60,840
Alaska $62,040
Arizona $48,850
Arkansas $34,140
California $66,640
Colorado $51,370
Connecticut $70,200
District of Columbia $67,310
Florida $51,500
Georgia $58,010
Hawaii $37,160
Idaho $47,080
Illinois $54,120
Indiana $46,190
Iowa $75,280
Kansas $67,310
Kentucky $58,910
Louisiana $57,490
Maryland $51,090
Massachusetts $56,700
Michigan $72,670
Minnesota $68,540
Mississippi $57,280
Missouri $55,780
Montana $58,430
Nebraska $60,060
Nevada $55,650
New Hampshire $48,150
New Jersey $65,380
New Mexico $56,290
North Carolina $45,670
Ohio $42,690
Oklahoma $40,300
Oregon $81,990
Pennsylvania $66,780
Rhode Island $81,180
South Carolina $62,740
Tennessee $57,580
Texas $53,840
Utah $72,290
Vermont $45,400
Virginia $78,340
Washington $59,520
West Virginia $53,030
Wisconsin $63,010

What Tools & Technology do Adapted Physical Education Specialists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Adapted Physical Education Specialists:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Database software
  • Facebook
  • Individualized Educational Program IEP software
  • Student record software

Becoming an Adapted Physical Education Specialist

Individuals working as an Adapted Physical Education Specialist have obtained the following education levels:


What work experience do I need to become an Adapted Physical Education Specialist?


Where do Adapted Physical Education Specialists Work?


Below are examples of industries where Adapted Physical Education Specialists work:



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