Physical Education for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Ideas & Strategies for Teachers Who Work with Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities


We are excited about your interest in taking our PE for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities Course from PE Central. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take 10 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 10 hours towards your teacher licensure recertification. In addition, you can purchase 1 optional CEU credit from our University partner Adams State University. After you purchase the CEU they will mail you a transcript with CEU on it.

We know you will find this course valuable and enjoyable. If you have any questions please email us at "[email protected]".

Best of Luck!
PE Central and Human Kinetics Professional Development

Target Audience

This course has been designed for busy K-12 physical educators and adapted physical educators who want:

  • Ideas and strategies for working with and including students with severe and multiple needs in their general education physical education classes
  • Ways to conduct authentic and alternative assessments for our students with severe and multiple disabilities in order to write appropriate IEP goals.

Estimated Time to Complete Course

  • 10 hours so your certificate will say 10 PD hours completed. You can purchase 1 additional CEU from Adams State University as well.

Technology Needed to Complete this Course

  • Computer or a Tablet
  • Updated Browser
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Valid Email Address

Course Purpose/Description: The purpose of this course is to provide ideas and strategies in assessment and physical activity opportunities for teachers who work with students with severe and multiple disabilities and to provide practical applications for implementing the teaching strategies into physical education and adapted physical education classes. In addition, including SMD in your general physical education classes or unified physical education classes. Working with students with SMD can be very challenging as we want to ensure ALL of our students are able to engage in appropriate levels of physical activity. This course will provide ideas for conducting appropriate assessments for SMD, as well as strategies for including SMD in our general physical education classes, modified or unified physical education classes and center based or self-contained adapted physical education classes. Students will engage in the content through reading assigned articles, accessing the text online resources, videos, and responding to writing prompts. All assignments are to be submitted via email to [email protected].

Standards: This course addresses the following Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS): Source: The National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (

  • Standard #4: - Measurement and Evaluation
  • Standard #6: - Unique Attributes of Learners
  • Standard #7: - Curriculum Theory and Development.
  • Standard #8: - Assessment.
  • Standard #9: - Instructional Design and Planning
  • Standard #10 – Teaching
  • Standard #12 – Student and Program Evaluation

Need to get your Professional Development Credits approved by administration? Download the course description to provide them here.

Your Instructor

Jennifer Houston
Jennifer Houston

Jennifer has taught K-12 physical education for 12 years, including 5 years in adapted physical education. Earned NBCT in 2006. After earning her PhD in curriculum and instruction in physical education in 2014 from Arizona State University (ASU), she taught higher ed PETE and other kinesiology courses for six years at ASU, Texas A&M San Antonio, and Northern Arizona University (NAU). She is currently working as an adapted physical education specialist, preK-12, for Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. She has presented at SHAPE, Southwest district as well as our AZHPE state organization several years in a row.

Email: [email protected]

Check out Frequently Asked Questions Here!

(You will be prompted to enroll for free in the S&S Online School)