Online Course Series 

PE Curriculum Builder

Customize a yearly plan to
create a positive teaching and learning environment.

Do you currently rely on a “day-to-day” lesson strategy in your physical education classroom?

Would you like to ensure that your teaching is up to date and advancing student learning?

Are you looking for a PE curriculum that’s tailored to the unique needs of your students?

If the answer to all of the above is “yes,” then this series of five individual courses is for you! That’s because each course in SHAPE America’s PE Curriculum Builder offers an individual block of learning that naturally builds teacher skills and understanding — one learning experience at a time. 

Course one begins with a deep dive into national standards and grade-level outcomes. Subsequent courses then guide you through a logical progression including:
  • Learning to classify core skills and content within your curriculum;
  • Using backward design in lesson plan development;
  • Incorporating standards-based grading for assessment;
  • Developing successful implementation plans and strategies;
  • and more!
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      SHAPE America PE Curriculum Builder
      Self-paced, Online Course Series

      20 contact hours (for 5-course series)
      Teachers, PE supervisors, curriculum specialists
      courses sold individually or as a package; prices vary

Special Offer
Save 40%* when you purchase the complete 5-course series! 

Use promo code SAVE40PD when you check out to get the additional discount.

Discounted price for complete series: $249  
  Select/Premier member price: $153

*This offer does not apply to previous offers and  cannot be combined with any other promotional code. Offer ends June 30.
Price subject to change without notice.
Basic Online members can upgrade their membership
to receive Select/Premier discounts

Importance Notice

Before starting Course 1 of the Physical Education Curriculum Builder, please note the following:

  • The PE Curriculum online courses must be completed using the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • After completing the exam/assessment from Course 1, please screenshot your score and email it to in order for us to manually issue your course certificate. This process may take up to three business days and is required for Course 1 only.
  • Due to a technical error with question #4 (knowledge check) in Course 2, we have provided the correct answer here:
    1. Defines target heart rate.
    2. Explains the meaning of target heart rate and why it is important to aerobic fitness.
    3. Calculates personal target heart rate.
    4. Identifies methods of monitoring personal heart rate.
    5. Participates in a variety of physical activities while monitoring heart rate.
    6. Compares the aerobic value of a variety of physical activities.
    7. Selects preferred physical activities that have aerobic value (students can maintain heart rate within target zone for at least 20 minutes).
    8. Creates a personal fitness plan that includes an appropriate amount of preferred physical activities to achieve aerobic fitness goals.

Course Content Overview

SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. This course will outline the 5 national standards and associated grade level outcomes while providing multiple SHAPE America resources that will bolster your understanding of the standards and outcomes and boost your ability to utilize the national standards in your physical education classes;

 Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the relationship of the 5 national standards to physical literacy;
  • Define the 5 SHAPE America national standards for K-12 physical education;
  • Explain the importance of each national standard using layman’s terms in order to communicate with parents, administrators, and fellow teachers;
  • Discuss the relationship of the national standards to their state standards;
  • Match grade-level outcomes to the appropriate national standard;
  • Interpret and apply the scope and sequence chart.

 Professional development contact hours: 2 hours
Curriculum mapping classifies core skills, content and scheduling taking into consideration the specifics of your Physical Education program and student population. This course will illustrate the process of curriculum mapping within the grade level (horizontal mapping) and across the grade levels (vertical mapping) utilizing the National Standards and Grade Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education as the basis for content.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the goals and steps associated with curriculum planning;
  • Recognize the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy and the connection to physical education progressions;
  • Categorize physical education grade-level outcomes by their associated level in Bloom’s taxonomy;
  • Apply horizontal mapping (within the grade level) and vertical mapping (across grade levels) strategies;
  • Analyze specific considerations that influence the development of an individual curriculum plan and reflect on how those considerations will impact their curriculum map;
  • Design an academic year-long individualized curriculum plan based on state standards or the SHAPE America national standards and grade-level outcomes for physical education to meet the needs of a specific school climate and student population.  

Professional development contact hours: 6 hours

Assessment is the gathering of evidence about student learning and making inferences on student progress and growth based on that evidence. This course will cover the basics of formative, summative, formal, and informal assessments in Physical Education, and tools, rubrics and resources to utilize while assessing students. The course content will reinforce the use of standards based assessment and how to incorporate standards based grading in your physical education program.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the value and importance of assessment and feedback in physical education;
  • Differentiate between types of assessment (formal, informal, diagnostic, formative, summative);
  • Identify a variety of appropriate assessment methods for use in physical education and discuss how they can and should be utilized;
  • Recognize appropriate modifications to utilize in assessing and grading students with disabilities;
  • Develop assessment tools aligned to the SHAPE America national standards or adapt existing assessment tools to meet their needs.
 Professional development contact hours: 3 hours
A physical educator’s goal is to teach and help students to acquire knowledge and skills to become physically literate individuals. In order to fulfill this goal, physical educators must establish an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. This course will enable you to develop routines and procedures necessary to create and manage an effective learning environment where instruction and activity are ongoing.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Develop expectations, procedures and routines to create a positive and culturally responsive learning environment and identify strategies for dealing with situations that inhibit a positive classroom;
  • Identify and select a variety of classroom management strategies to maximize time on task and student learning;
  • Create a behavior management plan that allows students to become responsible for their own behavior and learning;
  • Select modifications and accommodations to meeting the needs of all students;
  • Utilize technology as a tool for assessment, effective classroom management, to increase student engagement and activity time and to provide unique opportunities to enhance student knowledge;
  • Incorporate mindfulness and self-reflection activities to improve instructional strategies, classroom management, routines and procedures.
 Professional development contact hours: 3 hours

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For more than 130 years, SHAPE America has been setting the standard for effective health and physical education.

Our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for PE programs across the country, and our advocacy efforts have led to legislative victories for the health and physical education profession.

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