Developmental Adapted Physical Education


Winona State University’s Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) is a licensure program that prepares students to work with children and adults with special needs. 

Students will receive hands-on experience while completing 15 hours of class work and practicum experience.   The 15 hours is a combination of 6 hours in the Physical Education and Sport Science (PESS) department and 9 hours from the Special Education (SPED) department.

Through course work students will be able to:

  • Assess the perceptual motor performances of students with disabilities
  • Accurately write long and short term goals/objectives for students
  • Identify warning signs of students who may have “hidden disabilities”
  • Understand the IEP process, laws and legislation
  • Design appropriate teaching strategies to use while dealing with students
  • Interact and understand how students deal with their disabilites
  • Promote inclusion, and build social skills for the special needs with their peers

Program Requirements

Contact person:

A. Christopher Gove
Memorial Hall 135                          A. Christpher Gove's Bio


“If students do not understand what you are teaching them, you find a different way to teach them”

                        Frank Rocco



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