Online Courses for PE Teachers
Some of the following courses can be found online through graduate programs in physical education.
- Effective PE Teaching Course: This course provides students with an overview of the foundations of teaching children physical education in the classroom. Core course topics include lesson planning, classroom discipline, and assessing and evaluating the fitness levels and capabilities of students. Professionalism and ethics are also covered.
- Coaching Methods Course: This class addresses the various methods and approaches for coaching a variety of students with different cognitive and skill levels. Participants explore traditional and present-day fitness concepts to design youth activities that are physically challenging, effective and age appropriate. Students are encouraged to promote physical fitness as a way of life to children and adolescents.
- Supervision and Assessment Course: In this course, students explore ways to maintain a secure gym or playground environment while concurrently observing the development of individual cognitive and psychomotor skills. They then use these observations to provide feedback to their students to facilitate further physical development.
- Game Development Course: This course examines and analyzes various educational games that aid children in the development of their fitness and psycho-motor levels while simultaneously teaching them sports tactics and sportsmanship. Traditional athletic categories of fielding, target, invasion, net and wall games are all covered.
- Nutrition and Health Course: Classes of this type are often taught by experts in the fields of nutrition, medicine and public health to provide future PE teachers with accurate and appropriate health information. Focus is on the hazards of improper diet and lack of physical activity and its connection to childhood obesity.
- Athlete Recruitment Course: This course teaches systems for tracking athletic performance and strategies for evaluating talent. Students learn to make selections that benefit the athlete as well as the university and athletic program. Decision-making is explored from the recruit's perspective. This takes into account the factors and people who influence the recruit.
- Dance and Gymnastics Education Course: In this course, PE teachers learn how to incorporate dance and gymnastics into the curriculum at the elementary, middle and high school levels. They are familiarized with best practices in the field, as well as the latest research trends.
- Grant Writing Course: This course covers all of the steps of the grant-writing process, from planning to identifying funding sources to drafting the proposal. It can help PE teachers who are looking to get grants for equipment or innovative programs.
Although most upper-division physical education courses are typically open to licensed PE teachers, there are also programs that offer courses to other fitness professionals who wish to extend their career opportunities. Teachers with licensure in unrelated fields interested in studying physical activity are welcome to participate in many of these programs as well.
Students without licensure can receive a Graduate Certificate in Physical Education, Health Education, or Coaching, while students with a teaching license are able to earn a Master of Science degree in Physical Education.
PE teachers can advance their knowledge and broaden their skills by taking relevant online graduate courses.