Creating Courses for Today's Learners

Specializing in courses that are focused on national standards, project based, student centered, practical, and that utilize authentic assessment. These courses are offered through Fresno Pacific University's Continuing Education. For more information and to register for a course, please visit the Continuing Education website.

ATH-925 Coaching Track & Field

Coaching Track and Field is designed to teach students the fundamentals of coaching the various events in the sport of track and field. Evidence of learning is tied directly to stated objectives and is assessed by writing a paper analyzing a chosen event category, creating a detailed 12-week training program for an athlete, and researching sources to complete a comprehensive workbook covering all event categories. Course objectives are modeled after standards-based learning objectives for teachers and for coaches as outlined by the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

ATH-926 Coaching Cross Country

The Coaching Cross Country course is designed to enhance the knowledge base of the student in several areas related to teaching and coaching cross country at the middle school level and above.  Students will gain knowledge about nutrition and will also learn the basics of preparing training programs for distance runners.  The student will also learn strategies used in racing and training.  The student will be able to develop his/her own philosophy regarding the implementation of overseeing a cross country program. Course objectives are modeled after standards-based learning objectives for teachers and for coaches as outlined by the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

ATH-927 Coaching Swimming

Learn how to better organize and operate a swimming program, and become a more effective coach at prescribing daily and weekly training programs. The Teaching/Coaching Swimming course presents both fundamental and advanced principles in a format that is appropriate for all levels of swimmers, from the beginner to the most seasoned veteran. The course participant will be exposed to a wide variety of teaching and coaching methods. The student will also learn training principles, racing strategies and aquatic safety. The student will be able to develop his/her own philosophy regarding the implementation and the oversight of a swimming program whether it is instructive, recreational, or competitive. Course objectives are modeled after standards-based learning objectives for teachers and for coaches as outlined by the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The required textbook is available new and used through

ATH-935 Endurance Training for Sports

Train smarter, not harder. That’s the ultimate goal of Endurance Training for Sports. This course is designed for sports coaches and physical educators who are seeking a thorough understanding of how best to structure effective training programs for their students. You will learn to evaluate endurance fitness, set goals for improvement, and design programs to meet those goals. The course is standards-based as identified by SHAPE America National Standards for Sports Coaches. The course will give you the tools to create training programs and workouts that will pay off in competition.

EDU-908 Portfolios in the Classroom

This course will introduce you to the terminology and methodology associated with the construction and use of educational portfolios. You will determine what educational portfolios are, why they are used, when they are used, and how they are used. You will become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the portfolio process. You will learn how to use portfolios as an instructional tool, an assessment tool, a motivation tool, a reflection tool, an accountability tool, a communication and collaboration tool, a research tool, a professional development.

PED-911 History and Philosophy of Sports and Physical Education

Sports and physical activities have become a large and pervasive part of the everyday lives of most Americans. Historically, sports have been a significant cultural component of civilization and have come to assume an important role in the life of most schools. This 3-unit course offers the administrator, teacher, coach, and participant the opportunity to learn about the impact sports and physical education have had on society and on the lives of individuals. By studying the history and culture of sport and physical education, one is in a better position to critically evaluate and affect changes that will enable these activities to be meaningful activities in the lives of individuals and in the social organization of communities. Using a chronological approach, students will examine the history of games, play, sport, and physical education and their connection to Western thought and culture. The course takes a constructivist approach that is based on scholarly research using both primary and secondary sources, yet is made relevant, applicable, and practical by being project centered. Students are given freedom to build their learning experience around their own unique background, interest, and location
This course is designed to prepare students to be effective Physical Education teachers for grades 7-12.  Students will be able to understand and implement either nationally-recognized or California-adopted Content standards. The course is designed to be an effective balance between learning the content needed to be an effective Physical Education teacher and applying the pedagogy needed to effectively teach the content. Course assessments are designed to show that the knowledge gained can carry over to processing and effectively utilizing it within the Physical Education setting. Students will also be exposed to resources which can be ongoing sources of information for effective teaching in the future.

PED-912 Teaching Methods for
Secondary Physical Education

PED-914 Technology in P.E.

Technology has become an infusive and pervasive presence in most aspects of today’s culture; at home, at work, in the classroom, and on the athletic field. Along with, and partly due to, the advances in technology has come an increase in information and an even greater increase in the availability of that information. Technology and the accompanying information glut has provided teachers and coaches with new tools and has opened up whole worlds of new possibilities for teaching, learning, coaching and managing competitions. The boundaries of school and sports are no longer limited by the four classroom or gymnasium walls and are expanding at an exponential rate, limited only by a teacher’s or coach’s technological efficacy and imagination.

            Using a project-based approach, and in collaboration with the instructor and other participants, students in this course will become familiar with both current and emerging technologies that may be useful in their teaching and/or coaching. Projects will be implemented to address both SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)  and NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) standards. The course is highly interactive with the instructor and other students. Communication with the instructor and student colleagues will be accomplished through asynchronous course discussion boards and e-mail.

SCI-928 Bugs in the Classroom

Entomology is the study of insects, the most abundant form of animal life on earth. Most insects are easily maintained in the classroom and can thrive despite being handled and kept in captivity. Insects can be used to model many scientific principles. The objectives of this course are to give educators basic information about insects and methods on how to use insects in the classroom. The pedagogy utilizes hands on, project based learning full of facts, fun and DIY classroom activities aligned with the Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. Note:  required textbook is purchased separately.

SCI-929 Virtual Science Labs

Laboratory exercises are a wonderful way to explore and experience science. Using a project based approach, students will learn about and experience the use of virtual science labs suitable for use in their classroom. Each project is directly tied to specific National Educational Technology Standards. The course will provide participants with a survey of what types of virtual science labs are possible. Then, using computer and Internet technology, students will develop meaningful lessons centered around virtual science labs that also meet subject matter standards and framework requirements. Finally, participants will create a simple virtual science lab of their own design.

TEC-940 Virtual Field Trips

Field trips are a wonderful way to see and learn about the world around us. Field trips enhance learning by motivating and engaging students in a way that makes the subject matter come alive. However, field trips can be difficult to organize, can be expensive, usually involve travel, and are often impractical. With the advent of the World Wide Web, virtual field trips have become possible. With just a computer with an Internet connection, teachers and students can travel together around the world seeing and learning many new things, and interacting with the people and objects in the places they visit.

TEC-942 WebQuests:
Implementing Tech Integration

The course is designed to assist participants in learning about, using, and creating the increasingly popular WebQuest. Individuals will work independently on a number of online assignments designed to familiarize them with the philosophy and theory behind the WebQuest model. The culminating project will be the creation of one’s own unique WebQuest, which incorporates national content and technology standards into a curricular unit. The course focus will provide teachers with strategies, steps, guidelines, tools and resources for developing standards-based WebQuests that require critical and creative thinking skills. The course is suitable for teachers of all grade-levels and subjects. Participants will need access to the Internet.

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