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Course Code: EDUC550 Course ID: 4648 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Through interconnected activities, this course prepares elementary teacher candidates to address health education topics and physical education and movement to enhance children's learning. The course examines strategies related to developing children's motor skills, fitness, and appreciation of a healthy lifestyle. Topics such as physical growth and maturation, equipment and facilities, classroom management of physical movement activities, psychosocial factors, adaptations for diverse learners, assessment, and health/physical education lesson integration across elementary core curriculum will be addressed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 10/24/21 Summer 2021 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, candidates will be able to:

1. Synthesize current demographic trends in children's health status and the knowledge base surrounding the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle for children. (ISTE 3d, ACEI 2.7)
2. Apply knowledge of basic concepts of physical fitness, physical development and motor learning. (ACEI 2.7, 3.1)
3. Evaluate physical education equipment/facility options (safety considerations, large/small equipment, homemade equipment, indoors versus outdoors). (WVPTS 2F1)
4. Analyze psychosocial factors in physical education. (ACEI 3.4, NASPE 4; DQP 1)
5. Construct lesson plans based upon current issues (swine flu prevention, bullying, substance abuse) identified by the CDC in health education. (WVPTS 1D1, 3D1; ACEI 2.6; DQP 2)
6. Develop lesson plans that foster developmentally appropriate physical activity for all children including those with special needs; including students with disabilities, giftedness, and those who are English Language Learners. (ELLs) (WVPTS 1A1, 2A1, 2A3; ACEI 3.2; DQP 4)
7. Analyze core teaching skills in the physical education classroom (classroom management, communication, student feedback, supervision, time management, student behavior management). (WVPTS 3B2, 3C1, 3D2)
8. Create lesson plans that integrate PE/HE and the core (e.g. language arts, science, math, social studies) curriculum. (WVPTS 1C3, ACEI 2.6, 2.7, 3.1)
9. Apply physical fitness, skill, affective and cognitive measures, assessment techniques to health and physical education content. (WVPTS 1B2, 1E2, 3A3, 3E1; ISTE 2d; ACEI 4.0; DQP 2)

Required Text

Thomas, K. T., Lee, A. M., & Thomas, J. R. (2008). Physical education methods for elementary teachers (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Recommended Textbook

In addition to the required texts in this course, you are strongly encouraged to purchase the latest addition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th Ed.) if you have not previously purchased this resource.

Required Readings

Ballinger, D. A., & Deeney, T. A. (2006). Physical educators as teachers of literacy. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance , 77(5), 18-22.

Buell, C., & Whitaker, A. (2001). Enhancing content literacy in physical education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 72(6), 32-35.

Carlson, S. A., Fulton, J. E., Lee, S. M., Maynard, M., Brown, D. R., Kohl, H. W., & Diet, W. H. (2008). Physical education and academic achievement in elementary school: Data from the early childhood longitudinal study. American Journal of Public Health, 98(4), 1–7.

Coe, D. P., Pivarnik, J. M., Womack, C. J., Reeves, M. J., & Malina, R. M. (2006). Effect of physical education and activity levels on academic achievement in children. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 38(8), 1515-1519.

Fisher, D., Frey N., & Williams D. (2002). Seven literacy strategies that work. Educational Leadership, 60(3), 69–73.

Marlet, P. B., & Gorden, C. G. (2004). The use of alternative texts in physical education. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 48(3), 226-237.


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President's Challenge

Book Title:Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers-3rd ed.
Publication Info:Human Kinetics
Author:Thomas, K, Lee, A. and Thomas, J.
Unit Cost:$86.78
Electronic ISBN:9781492536352
Electronic Unit Cost:$38.00
Book Title:Digital Video Camera - please email for specific requirements
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.