Marketable Features of the Adapted Physical Education Career in Higher Education

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 Western Michigan University
  • 2 Coppin State College
  • 3 University of Georgia
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The purpose was to investigate marketable features of the adapted physical education (APE) career in higher education. A total of 560 APE job openings (297 APE first priority and 263 APE second priority were identified from the Chronicle of Higher Education between 1975–1976 and 1997–1998. These data were analyzed by regression, chi-square, and descriptive statistics. The results indicate that the APE career is a growing employment market demanding candidates who specialize in APE to prepare in one or more other areas and encouraging candidates who specialize in other areas to minor in APE. The market shows that APE second priority openings increase more quickly than APE first priority openings. Personnel for the APE career in higher education appear to be in short supply.

Jiabei Zhang is with the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Daniel Joseph is with the Department of Special Education at Coppin State College, Baltimore, MD 21216. Michael Horvat is with the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

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