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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 designed to effectively balance learning the content needed to be an effective physical education teacher and applying the pedagogy needed to teach the content effectively.

Who is the Teaching Secondary Physical Education online course for?

The Teaching Secondary Physical Education course is for licensed 7th-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 PD 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. Students will have the opportunity to observe teachers, interview both teachers and students, create a block plan and lesson plans. Students will also learn:

  • Fundamentals of effectively teaching physical education
  • Justify the importance of physical education
  • Various methods of physical education assessment
  • How to design a physical education program
  • Ability to create a variety of tournaments
  • Philosophy of teaching physical education
  • Lawsuit prevention

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.