This course is designed not only for Health and P.E. educators, but for the proactive educator ready to act on the CDC’s recommendation that schools take a comprehensive approach to address childhood obesity. Obesity in children has tripled since the 1970s, and as of 2018, obesity affected just over 20% of youth aged 6-19! This course provides an opportunity to extend instruction to include nutrition education in your classroom or across the curriculum, and to help your school meet the National Health Education Standards. Research engaging ways to incorporate the study of nutrition and diet into math, science, art, social studies, English—any area of the curriculum. Or you might create classroom projects to meet specific objectives and drive home the importance and effects of good diet and nutrition in your P.E. or Health class. Whether your focus is to broaden your curriculum with vital, life-changing knowledge or to deepen student knowledge within a specific health-related discipline, you can choose the format and strategy best suited to your classroom. Once the project is complete and has been implemented in your classroom, you will review its impact and effectiveness on your students’ learning as well as on your school’s targeted learning goals.
The coursework can be tailored specifically to your goals and educational setting. Although suggestions are provided on what type of coursework (learning activities and projects) you may complete, the actual experiences, work you develop and implement, and content you encounter are driven by you. Now is the time for you to select a topic of interest, possibly an area of concern, one that needs improvement, or perhaps a new approach that you have not been able to study or implement.
Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:
Development or revision of classroom curriculum, rubrics, lesson plans, educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, self-evaluation/reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, Common Core Standards, mindfulness strategies, etc.
Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted if needed. The projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos, readings, etc. An additional expectation is that you keep a time log that documents the time spent for this course. The specific requirements concerning your chosen projects and the time log are dependent what resonates most with you and how many credits you take per course.
Overview of Requirements
1. Define your course objective(s): When registering you will be required to provide a short description of the prospective activities and/or projects that you plan to create and implement. You may always modify, change, adapt or incorporate new ideas throughout the entire course duration.
2. Develop a self-created time log: Create a log to document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements. You can also document hours for activities and projects that you have created previously by back tracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times and accomplishments as proof of completed objectives. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement.
Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, constructing visuals, or putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested in amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Provide proof of completed objectives: When all your goals are finally met, you will submit proof of completed objectives (activities & projects) and your self-created time log.
*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.
Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.
About University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.
Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify specific curriculum objectives that can be met through health or nutrition projects or activities.
- Integrate health and/or nutrition projects or activities into your regular curriculum to teach specific objectives.
- Apply strategies and insights gained to a health- or nutrition-related project that you will use in your work.
- Formulate engaging methods to empower your students with the necessary knowledge and skills to make healthy nutritional choices.
- Engage students in meaningful discussions, dramatic experiences, projects, or activities targeting specific health/nutrition learning objectives.
- Reflect on the impact and effectiveness of your health and nutrition program on your students’ learning and lives.