Spring 2014


Adapted P.E. Revitalized by $1.2 Million Grant

HSU’s adaptED physical education program, which offers two credentials and a master’s degree, has gotten a boost with a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Education.

With the grant, the Department of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration will expand the program by funding student stipends, increasing hands-on learning opportunities and supporting outreach and recruitment efforts. It lasts five years.

Recreation students

Students in the Recreation Administration major Hao Nguyen, Jennifer McGee, center, and Rachel Kurta participated in the 2013 Humboldt County Special Olympics games.

“Not only will this grant increase opportunities for our students, it will also provide them with the skills needed to create healthy and active communities for individuals, including those with disabilities,” said Chris Hopper, department chair.

HSU’s Adapted Physical Education Credential Program prepares students to teach physical education to individuals with disabilities. They learn about things like perceptual motor development, aquatics, game and sports skills, and physical fitness. Students receive an Adapted Physical Education Credential, a Master of Science degree and a California Single Subject Teaching Physical Education Credential upon completing the program.

Humboldt State was one of nine applicants nationwide to receive the grant, which will be used to support federal initiatives that reduce obesity among individuals with disabilities, Hopper said. Examples include first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and the “I Can Do It, You Can Do It!” initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office
of Disability.

The grant will also expand fieldwork opportunities for students, Hopper said. Current partnerships include the Humboldt County Office of Education, Fortuna and McKinleyville high schools, the cities of Arcata and Eureka recreation divisions and the North Coast Special Olympics, which hosts a basketball program on the HSU campus every year. Hopper said that plans are also under way to establish satellite credential programs in Redding and Ukiah, Calif., to respond to growing demand.