Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Physical Education - Spring 2022

Course takes place from Feb. 1 - March 25, 2022 (8 weeks). Registration ends on January 30, 2022.

Course takes place from Monday, Feb. 1 - Friday, March 25, 2022 (8 weeks).
You must register for this course by January 30, 2022.

Once you register, if you wish to apply for graduate credits, you will also be sent instructions to register at Adams State University. If you are obtaining graduate credits through ASU, there is an additional associated cost of $165. There is no required textbook for this course. Please register for the graduate credits DURING the course.

This course is non-refundable, by registering you are committing to the workload of an 8 week long graduate course.

One-page course description sheet.

We are excited about your interest in taking this graduate level course from PE Central. Below you will find a course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. This course will last 8 weeks and, if you wish, you can apply for 3 graduate credits (an additional $165) from Adams State University located in Alamosa, Colorado. Please do this during the course as opposed to waiting until the end of course. If you have any questions about the course, contact us at "[email protected]". I hope you enjoy the course and working with Dr. Witherspoon.

Mark Manross, Executive Director, PE Central


This eight-week course will assist teachers in understanding a more in-depth look into the history of physical education; including how the profession began, how it evolved, and why this is of great importance to how we teach in the current society and potential future. Students will be involved in examining research, reading articles, and discussing topics on the various theories that have laid the foundation for physical education as well as those currently used to guide professionals globally. Students will evaluate theories and understand how these theories may affect their pedagogical methods. This course is valuable for all current physical education teachers not only to understand the profession in depth, but also to be able to analyze and begin transforming their own theories and philosophies that will benefit their teaching and learning. Finally, students will more clearly understand the real purpose and value of physical education, and how this knowledge can assist them in advocating for their own students.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the history of physical education and why the history is important.
  2. Recognize how the physical education profession has evolved or changed.
  3. Understand a variety of theories that create the foundation of physical education pedagogy
  4. Identify theories that directly effect teaching and learning
  5. Realize the difference between theories and identify which models may be more applicable to their students.
  6. Evaluate the value and purpose of physical education and obtain the knowledge to become advocates for their own students.


All course materials such as readings and additional resources will be included in the weekly assignments. There will be articles, PowerPoint presentations, and additional types of information to review when learning the content and completing the assignments.


In order to receive a passing grade, the participant must complete the following course requirements:

  1. Discussion Board Posts: You will complete 5 discussion board posts and be expected to respond to your classmates’ posts on a variety of topics.
  2. Quizzes: You will be completing two quizzes throughout the course to show your knowledge of what you have learned up to that point. These questions will be in short answer form.
  3. Model evaluation: You will complete a model evaluation in the form of short document
  4. Model comparison: You will compare and contrast a variety of curriculums models.
  5. Model Documents: You will complete three different assignments based on uploaded document question and answer formats.
  6. Midterm Assessment: You would complete the midterm Assessment consisting of 15 multiple choice, short answer, and T/F questions.
  7. Final Assessment: You will complete a final Assessment consisting of 5 short answer questions.

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Your Instructor

Dr. Lisa Witherspoon
Dr. Lisa Witherspoon

Dr. Lisa Witherspoon is a Adjunct Instructor at Tennessee Tech University and a former Assistant Professor at The University of South Florida in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Witherspoon is an international expert on the subject of technology driven games and exercise with a grounded passion in using technology to reach children in the 21st century. In addition, she serves on National committees and Advisory Boards related to physical education, technology, active gaming, sports and fitness concepts. She was elected as an Inaugural iTeach Fellow at the University of South Florida to assist future teachers and current faculty in using technology in the classroom. Dr. Witherspoon is in the Virginia Tech University Hall of Fame, Catawba Valley Hall of Fame, Newton-Conover Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the ACC Legends class of 2011 for women’s basketball. She has designed and implemented various basketball camps all over the country to help young athletes acquire the fundamental skills necessary to feel confident and competent to progress in movement development. Her continued passion is to meet generations where they are in terms of interests and desires in order to help guide individuals in gaining and/or maintaining physically active lifestyles. She teaches 3 other graduate courses for PE Central.

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