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Dear Potential Distance Education Student or University Faculty Member, The purpose of this proposal is to make available to colleges and programs around the country a course which has been very successful for my department, college, and university. This is a three-credit hour, graduate level online course offered by New Mexico State University as an elective option for students in other adapted physical education (APE) graduate programs throughout the county and internationally. The following describes the course and the unique benefits associated with distance delivery. After reading the course description below, please feel free to contact me at the address and number below.

PEP 558 Adapted Physical Education National Standards Professional Preparation was created by and is taught by Scott J. Pedersen, Ph.D., CAPE, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance within the College of Education at New Mexico State University. Dr. Pedersen, the director of the New Mexico State University Adapted Physical Education program, offers this distance education course biannually. The summer session course, which begins the last week of May, is five weeks long; and the fall semester course, which begins the third week of August, is ten weeks in duration.

This distance education course was designed as an elective course to prepare graduate students for the successful completion of the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) exam, which leads to advanced certification as a National Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE). The APENS are fifteen knowledge-based areas identified by professionals in the field that are considered competencies an adapted physical educator should have when teaching physical education to children with disabilities.

PEP 558 was the first online course to be endorsed by the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID) as an officially sanctioned preparatory, credit bearing course for the APENS exam. At the bottom of this proposal you may link to Dr. Pedersen’s NCPERID endorsement for APENS study course application. This document outlines Dr. Pedersen’s qualifications for delivering this course, as well as the requirements for graduate online course delivery by New Mexico State University. Please note: This APENS study course CANNOT (as stated in the endorsement guidelines) be used as a replacement or in lieu of a 3-credit APE introductory course leading toward eligibility to sit for the APENS exam (see eligibility criteria). There is also a link at the end of this document to the PEP 558 course syllabus, which describes the e-learning activities requisite for each student and how each of the fifteen APENS are addressed during the semester. Among these e-learning activities students will have the opportunity to “chat” with APE professionals from around the world during the weekly APENS Student Chatroom, test themselves using self-quiz questions based on previously used APENS examinations, and learn how to be vigilant internet navigators when searching for APE web-based resources. With this type of distance education course delivery students have the unique ability to ask questions and gain networking opportunities with professionals from around the country, such as NCPERID President ~ Dr. Garth Tymeson (University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse) and APENS Chairman ~ Dr. Tim Davis (State University of New York – Cortland), among other leading APE researchers and advocates offering expert advice.

In the fall of 2007, PEP 558 will be offered for the fourth time through New Mexico State University’s Distance Education program. All PEP 558 students have the exclusive opportunity to take the APENS exam at the conclusion of the course at their home university. Since this course began in 2006, every PEP 558 student that has taken the APENS exam at the conclusion of the course has passed it on their first attempt!

For more information about PEP 558 online enrollment, please visit

Dr. Pedersen’s NCPERID Endorsement Application

PEP 558 Course Syllabus

Contact information:

  • Scott J. Pedersen, Ph.D., CAPE
  • New Mexico State University
  • Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
  • Activity Center 220
  • P.O. Box 30001 – MSC 3M
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003
  • Phone: (505) 646-2071
  • Fax: (505) 646-4065
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