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The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is part of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD, 2013). NASPE's mission is to “enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high quality physical education, sport, and physical activity programs” (NASPE, 2013). NASPE, as a professional association, is part of NCATE’s constituent coalition and is the Specialized Program Area which recognizes quality physical education teacher education preparation programs. Representatives from NASPE determine the national standards by which physical education teacher preparation programs are compared against and also serve as SPA reviewers.

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