About this Program

The four-course sequence Graduate Certificate in adapted physical education is designed for individuals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in working with students with disabilities and are practicing or planning to teach in school-based physical education settings.

Program Highlights

  • Current full-time teachers can receive tuition discount on getting the certificate

  • Evening courses designed to fit into the schedules of in-service teachers

  • Award-winning faculty members provide intimate mentoring

  • Courses based on current empirical research that encourages students to think critically about the field

At a Glance
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Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Adapted Physical Education Teacher

$63,950 Median Salary
Average (4% to 7%) Projected Growth
3,200 Projected Job Openings

Coaches and Scouts

$44,890 Median Salary
Much faster than average (11% or higher) Projected Growth
39,900 Projected Job Openings

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

$101,320 annual Median Salary
Average (4% to 7%) Projected Growth
23,500 Projected Job Openings

Physical Education Teacher

$66,930 annual Median Salary
Faster than average (8% to 10%) Projected Growth
7,300 Projected Job Openings


What are the requirements to apply for Adapted Physical Education (Graduate Certificate) at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Adapted Physical Education (Graduate Certificate) should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Degree seeking graduate-level students admitted to the certificate program must meet ODU requirements for graduate admission: an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. Those whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT.

  • Individuals not seeking graduate-level degrees admitted to the certificate program must have a completed baccalaureate degree (or equivalent).


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Tuition Discount

Current full-time teachers can receive a tuition discount while working toward certificate completion.



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