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Adapted Physical Education



The Adapted Physical Education minor is open to all students who are interested in physical education programming for students with mild through severe/profound disabilities from preschool through 21 years. Consistent with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Content Guidelines, this program will develop students’ proficiency in the nature of the student with a disability, including motor development, assessment, and program evaluation as well as foundations in the special education profession.

Students will develop proficiency in the modification of content, instructional strategies and learning environments in adapted physical education, including activity selection, curricular development and program implementation that promote physical activity and fitness for students with disabilities. Students will get hands-on experience working with students with disabilities while develop and modifying aquatic and lifetime sport and physical activities.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Exercise Science Department is to prepare, educate, and empower students in their individual journeys toward becoming critical practitioners skilled at evaluating, deconstructing, and addressing the problems and issues central to the narrower topic of sport, as well as the broader issue of physical activity across the lifespan. By blending scholarly study and professional practice, department faculty create learning opportunities and experiences that nurture students’ exploration of the physical, psychological, social-humanistic, and professional aspects of physical activity, and their associated impact on health, society, and quality of life.

Program Spotlight


Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Brittany Followay

Brittany Followay

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Mark Cole

Associate Professor of Exercise Science

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Sami Woolson

Assistant Athletic Trainer


Twenty credits including: EXS 340, 352, 353, 426, plus choose 4 elective credits from EXS 281, 381, 432, 450, PSC 234, PSC 235, PSC 242, or PSC 313. Other credits as approved.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

Beyond teaching adapted physical education in schools, students of any major can use this minor after graduation to work with individuals with disabilities at any level, including Special Olympics, Paralympics, local recreational programming, and Badger State Games.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Through the Departments of Educational Studies and Exercise Science, certification in physical education and health is available.
  • Exercise science students have completed adapted physical education practicums at various facilities, including the Willmore Center, Ripon Area School District and Markesan School District
  • Valuable job experience in adapted physical education is a recommended part of the K-12 physical education teacher education program as PE teachers often teach Health and APE in schools.