SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Robert Arnhold, Slipepry Rock University professor of physical education, has received a five-year, $1.25 million renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support certified physical education teachers expanding their skills in teaching children with disabilities.
The grant, which will be paid in $250,000 increments over the five years, will provide scholarship support for nine students annually enrolling fulltime in SRU's adapted physical activity graduate program.
The adapted physical activity program at SRU is designed to prepare graduates to help those with disabilities lead healthier, more active lives.
Arnhold said he was "excited and pleased to see the program receive this support."
The program is similar to a four-year $773,990 grant program that started in 2008 and ended this year. That program was open to a variety of human services professionals looking to increase their skills in working with children with disabilities.
"This time we have focused the program specifically for certified physical education teachers," Arnhold said. "We think it will be a great tool in aiding recruitment."
SRU's master's degree program in adapted physical activity includes 30-credit hours of courses that are completed in one year.
The University's graduate program is open to those who have undergraduate degrees in physical education, teacher education, exercise science, recreation therapy, special education, athletic training or other related fields, Arnhold said.
Scholars are being recruited for classes beginning in the spring semester, he said.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.