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Laurie Zittel, Ph.D.
Professor, Adapted Physical Activity


Kinesiology and Physical Education

Research Interests:

Early childhood physical activity and movement skill assessment, curriculum design, and instruction for children with disabilities and those at risk for developmental delay


  • Ph.D. Oregon State University, Movement Studies in Disability
  • M.S.Ed University of Maine, Physical Education
  • B.S. Valparaiso University, Physical Education

Recent Scholarly Activities


  • Auxter, D., Pyfer, J., Zittel, L., & Roth, K. (2010) Principles and methods of adapted physical education (11th ed.). Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill.
  • Derscheid, L., Umoren, J., Kim, S., Henry, B. & Zittel, L. (2010). Early childhood teachers’ and staff members’ perceptions of nutrition and physical activity practices for preschoolers, Journal of Research in Childhood Education24, 248-265.
  • Apples Video Magazine (June, 2012). Using Movement to Engage Young Learners: Featuring L.L. Zittel. Produced by STARNet Regions I & III. Operated under the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood through ISBE Grant: 100% of annual funding from Federal sources.
  • Zittel, L.L. (2011). Early Childhood Adapted Physical Education. In Winnick, J. (5th ed.) Adapted Physical Education & Sport (5th ed.). Chamapian, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Zittel, L.L. (Invited, 2012, August). Assessing Movement Skills of Preschool Children with Developmental Delays and / or Disabilities. Paper presented at 24th International Sports Science Congress. Mokpo University, South Korea.

Funded Projects:

  • Zittel, L.L., & Kim, S-Y. (2012 - 2013). Field Testing the TAKE Action for Healthy Preschoolers Intervention. Joint Proposal with Henry, BW, Umoren, J., & Derscheid, LE. Great Journeys Assistantship. Funded. Northern Illinois University. $10,397.00
  • Zittel, L.L., Kim, S.-Y., Derschied, L., Henry, B., & Umoren, J. (2012). Teachers’ Self-efficacy and Knowledge of Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices for Preschoolers: Curriculum Intervention. Research & Artistry, Funded. 2012. Northern Illinois University. $15,000.00
  • Zittel, L.L. (2011 - 2012). Joint proposal with Henry, BW. TAKE Action for Healthy Preschoolers. Great Journeys Assistantship, Funded. Northern Illinois University. $10,397.00

Courses Taught

  • KNPE 490 - Adapted Physical Education
  • KNPE 589 - Inclusion Strategies for Special Populations: Theory and Practice
  • KNPE 590 - Physical Education for Individuals with Physical /Sensory Impairments
  • KNPE 591 - Assessment and Program Planning in Adapted Physical Education
  • KNPE 597K - Internship in Adapted Physical Education


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Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education 
Anderson Hall 221
DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: (815) 753-1407
fax: (815) 753-1413

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