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 Publications/Presentations

  • 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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DeKalb, IL 60115
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