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Adapted Physical Activity Certificate of Graduate Study

Program Information

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The Certificate of Graduate Study (C.O.G.S.) in Adapted Physical Activity at Rowan University supports students and practitioners in the fields of health and physical education, exercise science, personal training, orientation and mobility, special education, physical therapy, and occupational therapy to gain continuing education and certification in adapted physical activity.

This program prepares students to sit for national certification exams across three professional bodies. Choice of certification would depend on prior certifications and Bachelor’s level programs of study. There are currently no New Jersey state certifications in adapted physical activity, so national certification is the only viable option. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Adapted Physical Activity is designed to prepare students for the following exams:

  1. Adapted Physical Education National Standards Certified Adapted Physical Educator for those with physical education teaching certifications
  2. American College of Sports Medicine/ National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) for students who previously studied exercise science, occupational therapy, or physical therapy, or who have personal training certifications
  3. Blaze Sports Certified Adaptive Recreation & Sports Specialist for individuals who have no prior exercise science background.
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The Adapted Physical Activity Certificate of Graduate Study (C.O.G.S.) is a part-time program offered in a face-to-face format at our Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 12 graduate semester hours (4 courses).

  • 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 12 S.H.
HPE 00552 Curriculum & Assessment in Adapted Physical Activity 3
HPE 00553 Community-Based Adapted Physical Activity 3
HPE 00554 Pathology of Disability of the Adapted Physical Activity Specialist 3
CASE 90534 Disability Studies 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation, or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • One letter of recommendation
    • Letter of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
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