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Social Emotional Learning Through Sports & Physical Education

3 Credits

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is helpful to both children and adults, increasing self-awareness, academic achievement, and positive behaviors both in and out of the classroom. It is the process through which children and adults:

  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions

What is the Social-Emotional Learning Through Physical Education course and who is it for?

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) through Sports and Physical Education is a graduate-level course that will inspire a positive learning environment, teach valuable life skills, and inspire in students a desire to live active, healthy lives. K-14 teachers and coaches who want to create a positive change in the gym, a classroom or on the athletic field, will learn how to help students develop a growth mindset, ability to focus, regulate emotions, set goals and the importance of preparation and practice.

What will you learn in this online PD course?

The 100% online Social Emotional Learning Through Sports and Physical Education course will improve your relationship with your students as well as their ability to learn, creating a setting that is more conducive to learning. The course is a highly practical and theoretically sound course that will help you build a positive learning environment, teach valuable life skills, and inspire in students a desire to live active, healthy lives. It is filled with engaging activities and strategies to use with students. It goes beyond sports and physical activity to build social-emotional skills needed for life-long success.   Educators will learn how to help students:

  • Develop a growth mindset
  • Focus Regulate emotions
  • Set goals
  • Learn the importance of preparation and practice


“Best online course I have ever taken! Everything is organized and easy to follow along. Both instructors give prompt specific feedback from every assignment. I have learned more than I had ever imagined about SEL practices and have improved my instruction. I will be sure to recommend to colleagues.”

- Teacher, Maryland


NOTE:  This course is applicable towards the Social Emotional Learning Certificate.

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Dr. Bill Cockerham

Learning is fun and since I am a big proponent of lifelong learning, the fun never ends. I have over 50-years of learning and teaching fun. Fresno Pacific’s Continuing Education has given me the opportunity to continue to combine my love for both teaching and learning. I set up courses to be project-based, allowing students flexibility in creating the projects to meet their own unique interests and needs. I continue to learn from each student’s creative projects. The goal for course projects is to not only gain content knowledge in a fun and practical way but to also provide material immediately usable in current or future classroom settings. I welcome you to join me in the fun.