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Teaching Secondary Physical Education

3 Credits
3 Credits

What is the Teaching Secondary Physical Education Course?

Physical education has been undergoing significant changes and improvements in how it is perceived in academia and its place and how it is taught in those institutions. The importance of physical education in school curriculum is increasing as the public values fitness more, and in turn, how it is taught has also evolved.

This course is a physical education pedagogy class designed to balance content and pedagogy needed to be an effective secondary physical education teacher. It focuses on understanding the themes and concepts of physical education and its subdisciplines such as: kinesiology, health-related physical activity, and the interconnection with other subject areas.

Is this course approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) office?

This course has been approved by the CTC office; however, it is recommended that California educators seeking to teach physical education check with the CTC office directly.

Who is the Teaching Secondary Physical Education online course for?

The Teaching Secondary Physical Education course is for licensed 6th-12th grade physical education educators who have a passion for the field and are interested in learning the theory behind physical education. Over the last decade, physical education has transformed and become increasingly important in the eyes of schools and parents in conjunction with the growing importance of fitness and health.

What will you learn in this online course?

Students will walk away from this course with the knowledge of how to be an effective physical education teacher while applying the pedagogy needed to teach the content as the field of study is growing and changing. The course supports SHAPE America’s National Education Standards for physical education and covered the following topics:

  • Justifying Physical Education Programs
  • Designing Physical Education Programs
  • Teaching Physical Education Programs
  • Developing a Total Physical Education Program
  • Implementing Instructional Physical Education Activities
  • Management and Discipline of Physical Education Programs
  • Teaching Philosophy for Physical Education Programs
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Physical Education Programs

National Standards

This course was created to meet the objectives identified by the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the five standards put forth by SHAPE America – National Standards for Health and Physical Education.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would absolutely enroll in other FPU offerings! Dr. Cockerham was very knowledgeable in the subject matter and very prompt in providing feedback on assignments. I can't wait to apply what I've learned in the real world once I've met the requirements to become a physical education teacher. Kudos and well done!

-Educator from California

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Dr. Bill Cockerham

Learning is fun and since I am a big proponent of lifelong learning, the fun never ends. I have over 50-years of learning and teaching fun. Fresno Pacific’s Continuing Education has given me the opportunity to continue to combine my love for both teaching and learning. I set up courses to be project-based, allowing students flexibility in creating the projects to meet their own unique interests and needs. I continue to learn from each student’s creative projects. The goal for course projects is to not only gain content knowledge in a fun and practical way but to also provide material immediately usable in current or future classroom settings. I welcome you to join me in the fun.