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Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) Endorsement

Bethel's Department of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science offers the Developmental and Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) endorsement for licensure. Bethel is the only private institution in Minnesota to offer this endorsement. Per state requirement, it may only be obtained as an add-on license to the Physical Educaiton K-12 degree.

The DAPE endorsement provides training on assessing students with a wide range of developmental or physical disabilities and creating individualized physical education plans. 

Also Available for Current Teachers
This licensure program is also open to graduates already teaching physical education, as courses are offered online or one night per week.


Why should I study DAPE?

As an ambassador for health and wellness, you’ll promote benefits of wellness and physical activity, including better motor skills and fitness, nutrition, character development, teamwork, and enjoyment of leisure time. Students with disabilities need to experience the same benefits of physical activity as their peers do.

What can I do with this degree?

You’ll be equipped to meet all licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Our graduates currently work as:

  • Teachers and/or coaches in public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
  • Teachers or directors of recreational activity programs like: YMCA, camps, community recreation programs
  • Current teachers across Minnesota school districts including: Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Hastings, Upsala, Spring Lake Park, St. Louis Park, Stillwater, and Zimmerman
  • Consultants exclusively working with special education students

What skills will I develop?

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective collaboration and communication with others
  • Mechanics of human physiology and movement
  • Methods of teaching, including ways to accommodate for a variety of disabilities
  • Understanding cognitive and physical development
  • Coaching teams in learning the sport and in competitive play
  • Integration of Christian faith with scientific and ethical study
  • Classroom management
  • Addressing and promoting the health of the whole person

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

DAPE candidates gain significant opportunities to work with individuals with disabilities by completing practicums in multiple settings, including: public schools, Special Olympics, and St. Paul Adapted Recreation.

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