Course Description

This course explores the secondary physical education classroom teaching and assessment strategies, and national and state standards. Candidates examine topics including developing motor skills through activities, developing levels of physical fitness, understanding principles of human movement, developing and practicing social skills, and the value of fair play in games and sports. Candidates develop skills in selecting, designing, and adapting instruction for diverse student populations. The course also emphasizes classroom and sport/field management skills and safety as they relate to physical education instruction.

This graduate course is 6 weeks.

This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is only available for enrollment to residents of California.

Course Objectives

Week 1

  • Interpret your state’s teacher licensure examinations for physical education (PE). 
  • Explain a rationale that supports including PE in the secondary curriculum. 
  • Explain the benefits of PE in schools. 
  • Examine current themes and trends for teaching PE. 

Week 2

  • Examine state and national PE standards. 
  • Describe the sequencing of activities for student success. 
  • Evaluate the characteristics of both formative and summative assessment in PE. 
  • Describe how a variety of assessments can create a process of continuous feedback for students. 
  • Describe how data from assessments will guide instructional decisions. 

Week 3

  • Review approaches to unit and lesson planning for developing motor skills, physical fitness, and human movement. 
  • Research innovative instructional strategies and materials. 
  • Analyze effective motivational techniques to engage PE students. 

Week 4

  • Explore strategies for effective classroom management as it pertains to PE. 
  • Describe how effective classroom management improves student learning
  • Research data on injuries during physical activity. 
  • Discuss creating a learning environment that promotes safety, inclusion, tolerance, and appreciation of diversity. 

Week 5

  • Describe strategies for matching equipment and activities with student skill levels. 
  • Explore strategies for creating an inclusive environment for diverse students. 
  • Differentiate a lesson for a diverse set of students. 
  • Investigate why students feel marginalized in PE and solutions for promoting inclusion. 

Week 6

  • Explore strategies for teaching nutrition. 
  • Explore strategies for teaching the physiological and sociological effects of alcohol, narcotics and drug abuse, and use of tobacco. 
  • Research the standards for self-responsibility, social interaction, and group dynamics across several grade levels. 
  • Discuss strategies that promote fair play during physical activities.


During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-354-1800.


This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.


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Although our continuing education for teacher’s courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing education for teachers’ courses is not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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Instructor Led
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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Apr 06, 2021 to May 17, 2021
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Graduate Tuition Education credit (3 units) $1,620.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
Resource Fee $195.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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