Policy Statement: Obtaining NCPERID Endorsement for APENS Examination Study Course
The purpose of this policy statement is to provide information on how to obtain NCPERID endorsement for any course where the primary purpose is to prepare students to take the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) examination. The policy applies to credit and non-credit courses offered on-line or in-person at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Persons interested in obtaining NCPERID/APENS study course endorsement must meet the criteria listed below. Minimum eligibility would include NCPERID membership, current CAPE certification, and affiliation with a regionally accredited university (see below for complete criteria and the endorsement application process).
Policy Statement for Endorsement and Suggested APENS Study Course Guidelines
The NCPERID and the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) Advisory Board recommend that courses (taught on-line or in-person for credit or noncredit) developed solely for the purpose of studying for the APENS exam NOT be used as a substitute or replacement for an adapted physical education teacher education course (e.g., Introduction to Teaching APE) in a physical education teaching certification program. An APENS study course is best suited to compliment more intense coursework found in typical physical education teacher education programs. The exam study course could also be used as a supplement in programs that use the APENS exam as an exit criteria or capstone course. Due to the comprehensive nature of the APENS content, it is strongly recommended that courses developed as an APENS exam review should involve practicing PK-12 and/or multiple higher education adapted physical education professionals during the asynchronous or synchronous aspects of the course (chat rooms, etc).
It should be noted that APENS exam study courses will NOT be recognized as part of the eligibility requirements necessary to sit for the APENS exam. NCPERID/APENS recognizes that additional APE coursework specific to teacher education beyond the scope of the exam study course is essential to providing qualified physical education services to students with disabilities.
Requesting NCPERID Endorsement for APENS Study Course
The endorsement will be reviewed for renewal consideration every two years by the APENS Chair. The life of the endorsement could last as long as the faculty member remains current within the NCPERID or if no significant changes are made to the content of the course that would require university/curriculum review. If the course is changed while endorsed, it is expected that the changes be reviewed by NCPERID/APENS to continue the endorsement. If the review determines that the content has changed significantly enough or the faculty has changed, the NCPERID/APENS Boards will reserve the right to withhold the endorsement until further review can be conducted. The NCPERID reserves the right to withdraw any endorsements upon prior notification to the endorsee.
Criteria for Endorsement
The following criteria must be addressed to receive NCPERID endorsement for an APENS exam study course:
Submitting a Proposal for Endorsement Consideration
The following materials must be part of the proposal submitted for APENS study course endorsement consideration:
If you have further questions regarding this study course endorsement policy statement or application process, contact:
Garth Tymeson, Ph.D., President
For APENS Information Contact:
or visit the APENS web site at www.cortland.edu/APENS
Current APENS On-line Study Course:
PEP 558 Adapted Physical Education National Standards Professional Preparation
For more information contact: Scott Pedersen, Ph.D., CAPE
New Mexico State University
Position Statement Authored by:
Tim Davis, Ph.D., CAPE, State University of New York-College at Cortland (APENS Chair)
Cindy Piletic, Ph.D., Western Illinois University (NCPERID Vice President)
Garth Tymeson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (NCPERID President)