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The SHAPE America Online Physical Education and Health Education Institute makes it easy for K-12 health and physical educators to earn and track professional development contact hours. Take advantage of self-paced, effective professional development on your timetable. 

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Online Courses

Roadmap to Adapted Physical Education

The Roadmap to Adapted Physical Education is a new FREE interactive course on the SHAPE America Online Institute that will guide you through the core components of adapted physical education services and how to apply these components to your program. The self-paced course allows participants to reflect on their own physical education program through critical thinking tasks and engagement activities. As the final project, participants will have the opportunity to answer questions that will allow them to personalize their own roadmap for adapted physical education services specific to their state and district.

Health Education Curriculum Builder

Do you currently rely on a “day-to-day” lesson strategy in your health education classroom? Would you like to ensure that your teaching is up to date and advancing student learning? Are you looking for a health 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! Course one begins with a deep dive into the National Health Education Standards. Subsequent courses then guide you through a logical progression, including:

  • Using backward design in curriculum mapping, as well as unit and lesson plan development;
  • Incorporating authentic, performance-based assessment;
  • Developing successful implementation plans and strategies;
  • and more!
Intended Audience: Teachers, Coordinated School Health supervisors, curriculum specialists

Essential Components of Physical Education

This FREE interactive 3-hour course will guide you through an overview of each of the Essential Components of Physical Education. This self-paced course will show how the Essential Components of Physical Education play a key role within the context of a well-rounded education, identify the critical policies and practices that make up the essential components, and allow participants to reflect on their own physical education program through critical thinking tasks and engagement activities.

NFL FLAG-In-Schools Course

Across the country, the NFL FLAG-In-Schools program is inspiring boys and girls to be more physically active. And now, it’s easier than ever to use this standards-based curriculum in your classroom, thanks to new digital training modules developed by the NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 in partnership with SHAPE America.

Get started today and put your students on the path to physical literacy using this skills-rich, fun curriculum!

Intended Audience: Grade 3-8 physical education teachers, PE supervisors, curriculum specialists, future professionals


CHES® Credits


Certified Health Education Specialist Credits

SHAPE America is recognized as a multiple event provider of health education contact hours by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). We offer Category I Health Education Credits to Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) through the SHAPE America Online Institute. This members-only benefit costs $5 per credit hour, which will be issued upon successfully passing each self-study quiz. 1-12 CHES credits can be obtained per year.

Intended Audience: Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) 
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Physical Best


Physical Best Specialist

Physical Best is a comprehensive health-related fitness education program developed by physical educators for physical educators that focuses on:

  • Educating all children regardless of athletic talent, physical and mental abilities or disabilities
  • Moving students from dependence to independence for their own fitness and health
  • Promoting regular, enjoyable physical activity
Higher education professionals can become a Physical Best Specialist or Instructor, incorporate the resources and content of the Specialist workshop into their coursework, and offer their students the option to be certified as a Physical Best Specialist. For details, contact [email protected].

Intended Audience: Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) 
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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 and National Health Education Standards serve as the foundation for health and PE programs nationwide, and our advocacy efforts have led to legislative victories for the health and physical education profession.

We know you have many choices when it comes to professional development. Thank you for joining the thousands of HPE professionals who use SHAPE America’s resources to elevate their teaching and advance their career. As a nonprofit organization, we appreciate and rely on your continued support.

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