Adapted Physical Education Concentration

Adapted Physical Education Concentration

The Adapted Physical Education (APE) program at ECU employs competency-based approach combining theoretical constructs and practical application of physical activity instruction for individuals with disabilities. Students pursuing APE study engage in hands-on experiences designing, assessing, and teaching individuals with a variety of disabling conditions (e.g., ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, neuromuscular/orthopedic/sensory impairments, and specific learning disabilities). Please contact the concentration coordinator if you would like any additional information.

Concentration Goals

Program graduates are prepared to become either adapted physical education teachers or adapted physical activity specialists, including adapted aquatics, sports and fitness. Graduates are employed in institutions, school districts, sports organizations, special education centers as well as colleges and universities.

Associated Faculty:

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Jihoun An
Assistant Professor and Concentration Coordinator
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Jim Decker
Associate Professor

Associated Lab:

Developmental Motor Laboratory


Please click here for the program course catalog entry.

Alumni Highlights:


2014 – David Schillo: Science Teacher, Dickson Middle School – Dickson, TN

2010 – Silvienne Krosendijk: Physical Educator, Dependence Juliana School HATO – Oranjestad, Aruba

2009 – Christen Winstead: Adapted Sports & Fitness Program Manager, – Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department – Raleigh, NC

2004 – Jaime Holt: Co-Owner and Sports Orthopedic Physical Therapist, Holt Physical Therapy and Performance Training, – Raleigh, NC


2016 – Nathan Cornett: Health and Physical Educator, Glenhaven Academy – Marborough, MA

2015 – Katlyn Jones: Assistant Director of the Testing Center, East Carolina University – Greenville, NC

2013 – Lara Brickhouse CAPE, Adapted Physical Educator, Durham Public Schools – Durham, NC

  • 2013 Excellence in Teaching, NC Council for Exceptional Children
  • 2015 Outstanding APE Teacher of the Year, NCAAHPERD
  • 2017 National APE Teacher of the Year, SHAPE America
  • Secretary, NC APE Advisory Council


2009 – Christen Cevoli: Physical Educator, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District – Dennis, MA

2007 – Joanna Farriss: Health & Physical Educator, Toisnot Middle School – Wilson, NC

2001 – Terri Edwards: Director & Learning Specialist, Office of Student Development & Academic Counseling, East Carolina University – Greenville, NC

1997 – Ian Pena: Director of Coaching/Player Development, Freedom Soccer Club – Columbus, OH

1997 – Timothy Meyler, Senior Lecturer, Kinesiology, Coastal Carolina University – Conway, SC

1996 – Staci Sharp, CAPE: Adapted Physical Educator, Durham Public School – Durham, NC

1993 – Ann Hughes, CAPE: Adapted Physical Educator, New Nanover County Schools – Wilmington, NC

  • 1997 Julian Stein Spirit Award Recipient
  • 2005 National Board Certified Teacher
  • 2009 Outstanding APE Teacher of the Year, NCAAHPERD
  • Founder, Greensboro Challenger Baseball League


1993 – Paul Kruer, CAPE: Physical Educator, Trent Park Elementary School – New Bern, NC

1992 – Jody Diaz: Adapted Physical Educator, Palm Springs Unified School District – Pam Springs, CA

1990 – Jolanda Hengstman CAPE: Adapted Physical Educator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Schools – Charlotte, NC

  • 2007 Outstanding APE Teacher of the Year, NCAAHPERD
  • Chair of NC APE Advisory Council


1990 – Dean Ehehalt: Baseball Head Coach, Monmouth University – West Long Branch, NJ

1989 – Nancy Gryder: Developmental Educational Specialist, The Gryder Group – Bakersville, NC

1988 – Martha Mentzer: Retired Health/PE Teacher & Currently Substitute Teacher, Brunswick County Schools – Wilmington, NC

  • 2016 candidate for District 4 Representative on the BCS