Adapted Physical Education Instructional Specialist

Job | Posted 19 days ago
Position Areas
Special Education


Adapted Physical Education Instructional Specialist (11 Months)

Position Purpose 


This is a program specialist position within the Special Education Department.  The adapted physical education specialist is responsible for coordinating all aspects of adapted physical education within the Suffolk Public Schools System. Major responsibilities include consultation, program design, in-service training, evaluation, program placement, and monitoring of students (all exceptionalities) in all educational facilities.


Essential Functions 

  • Maintain compliance with state and federal regulations.

  • Design programs that provide services in the least restrictive environment for achieving individual goals and objectives.

  • Develop supplemental curriculum and evaluation tools for the existing regular physical education program.

  • Provide information to stakeholders regarding adapted physical education, recreation and leisure activities, and accessibility to programming for students with disabilities.

  • Provide professional development to individuals and groups throughout the division as needed and/or requested.

  • Develop and maintain an adapted P.E. resource website for educators to further enhance their knowledge of adapted P.E. and provide practical activities for their students.

  • Meet regularly with P.E. staff and provide training and consultation to ensure provision of adapted activities for students with disabilities

  • Arrange for facility, transportation for recreation and athletics; coordinate and monitor the leisure skills program held during the school day.

  • Assist and/or consult with schools to coordinate/plan for field days and other activities to ensure inclusion of students with disabilities.

  • Coordinate recreation and athletic programs and events for students with disabilities.

  • Distribute informational materials received from the therapeutic recreation department and other sources relating to recreation and athletics for students with disabilities.

  • Assist in providing practicum training sites for undergraduates at local universities to gain experiences with persons with disabilities in the physical educational setting.

  • Develop and expand Suffolk Public Schools adapted physical education program.

  • Consultant to the local Special Education Advisory Committee.

Additional Duties 

-  Performs other related tasks as assigned by central office administrators as designated by the Director of Special Education.

Note:         The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.



-  Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.


Travel Requirements

-  Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.


Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and methods of adapted physical education-including recreation and athletics for disabled youth.

  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups.

  • Knowledge of general school and special education practices and procedures.

  • Knowledge and implications of IDEA and Section 504.

  • Ability to handle students with physical limitations safely and effectively.

  • Demonstrate and awareness of safe, ethical, and legal educational practices.

  • Respect for student confidentiality.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language in written and verbal content.

  • Requires adequate strength to handle and lift students with severe physical limitations, and to manage adaptive equipment.


Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards

-  Works in standard office and school building environments.

Qualifications Profile


  • -  Must hold or be eligible for Virginia Teaching License in Physical Education


  • Bachelor's degree in P.E.

  • Master’s Degree in adapted P.E. from an accredited education program preferred.


  • Minimum of three (3)  years adapted P.E. experience and completion of all fieldwork education requirements


Terms of Employment:

  • Salary Range:  $49,500 - $82,917  ($2,944 Additional for Master’s Degree)
  • Contract:          11 Months
  • Benefits:           Employer Portion Paid Retirement, Life Insurance, Contribution to Medical Insurance, Personal and Sick Leave

FLSA Status: Exempt



Posted By

Suffolk Public Schools

P.O. Box 1549 100 N Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23439

At the following locations

School Administrative Office

100 North Main Street , Suffolk, VA 23434