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The Need for Preparing Highly Qualified Faculty in Adapted Physical Activity

Justin A. Haegele, Joonkoo Yun, Jeff McCubbin


The purpose of this paper is to present an updated examination of the need for higher education personnel in adapted physical activity (APA) in the United States. First, we conducted an analysis of faculty advertisements in two online job search engines on the number of advertised positions from 2008-2019. Second, we analyzed the annual number of doctoral-level graduates in APA by conducting an online search of Dissertation Abstracts from 2009-2018. This analysis demonstrated that there is, and likely will continue to be, a shortage of qualified doctoral-level APA personnel. Recommendations for future doctoral training concludes this article. 

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Adapted physical education; doctoral training; students with disabilities; leadership

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