Physical education is a school-based instructional opportunity for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for lifelong participation in physical activity. Physical education is characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum (course of study) that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas. Quality physical education programs assist students in achieving the national standards for K-12 physical education. The outcome of a quality physical education program is a physically educated person who has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Highly Qualified, trained teachers teach physical education. Highly Qualified Physical Education Specialists base their teaching on the national standards for K-12 Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) in order to provide students a foundation of skills and knowledge that can apply to many activities so that students are willing, able, and interested in seeking a lifetime of physical activity.
Physical Education Curriculum Support
Arizona K-12 Physical Education Standards– Standards are critical to develop physically-educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The purpose of the Standards document is to provide the framework for a quality physical education.
Provisional PreK-12 Physical Education Teaching Certificate– Effective July 1, 2015, PreK-12 Physical Education teachers will have the option to apply for a single PreK-12 Physical Education certificate. Under current Board rules, Physical Education teachers are required to apply for either an Elementary and/or a Secondary certificate and a Physical Education Endorsement in order to teach PreK-12 Physical Education. The establishment of the PreK-12 Physical Education certificate will help to streamline the Certification process and reduce costs by removing the requirement to add an endorsement in order to teach PreK-12 Physical Education.
Physical Education Endorsement– Endorsements are attachments to teaching certificates and indicate areas of specialization. They are for grades K-12 unless otherwise indicated. Once issued, they are automatically renewed with the teaching certificate on which the endorsement was posted. Optional endorsements may be required by local governing boards. All requirements for the endorsement must be met. Courses and programs must be taken from an accredited institution.
Physical Education Resources
SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity, who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles.
Arizona Health and Physical Education Arizona Health and Physical Education is an educational organization that achieves its mission by supporting, encouraging, and providing assistance to members statewide as they initiate, develop, conduct and promote programs of health, physical education, recreation, dance and other movement-related programs.
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools.
Let’s Move Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions—physical education teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) is a free program developed to ensure what happens before, during, and after the fitness assessment is beneficial for students and teachers and leads to youth who are active for life.
FitnessGram is a comprehensive educational, reporting and promotional tool used to assess physical fitness and physical activity levels for children.
OPEN Physical Education Curriculum– OPEN is an online physical education curriculum project. OPEN is based on SHAPE America’s National Physical Education standards and is aligned to Arizona’s State Physical Education Standards.
Digital Catch– Digital CATCH is the newest version of the CATCH platform. Digital CATCH allows teachers to access the CATCH curriculum over the web in an extremely user friendly format. Sign up for a free account to experience Digital CATCH for yourself and to access a sample of CATCH lessons.
PE Central is a website full of resources for physical educators whose goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children.
Sunbeatables Sun Safety Curriculum- The Sunbeatables™ Program is an evidence-based program that aims to educate teachers, parents, and children about sun protection. The preschool curriculum consists of five units. Each unit includes four activities. Activities include a puppet show, sun safety songs, science experiments, and more! Children meet superhero characters, Ray and the Sunbeatables, who have sun safe superpowers to protect against the harmful effects of UV rays.
Sun Smart U is a free program from the Skin Cancer Foundation that provides free lesson plans for middle and high school aged students. Sun Smart U teaches about the most common cancer, melanoma. This lesson is aligned to the revised 2015 Arizona Physical Education standards.
Arizona Department of Health Services Extreme Weather and Public Health The Heat Illness Prevention School Project is a new project created by Arizona Department of Health Services. The goal of the project is to educate students, school staff, athletic coaches and parents regarding heat illness in order to prevent heat illness incidences and lower the number of heat caused/related deaths among students.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH) promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.
Physical Education Teacher Apps Today, more and more teachers are looking for ways to integrate their smart phones and tablets with their physical education and health courses.
CDC- Physical Activity for Everyone Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It’s easier than you think!
Arizona Department of Health Services Physical Activity Program The goal of the Arizona Physical Activity Program is to promote moderate daily physical activity in order to prevent and control chronic disease morbidity and mortality.
For more information regarding Physical Education please contact:
Physical Education, Physical Activity Specialist