Elementary Physical & Health Education

Supporting School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

Professional Institute

Available for Credit | EDCP 420

This Institute from the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project will introduce teachers to Elementary Physical and Health Education (PHE) curriculum, content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, practical experiences, and professional responsibilities of a successful elementary school teacher. The course will expand teachers’ level of confidence and competence when delivering the British Columbia (BC) PHE Curriculum.

In this course, learners will work through modules on the BC PHE K-7 curriculum, the Indigenous holistic approaches to teaching and learning, creating equity, diversity and inclusion in PHE, quality physical education, assessment, physical literacy and the comprehensive school health model. Learners will work on their own and with others while being guided by leaders from BC school districts, Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council and several BC Universities.

The goals of this Institute are to support BC elementary school educators and pre-service teachers to be able to:

  • Increase their level of confidence and competence when delivering the B.C.Physical and Health Education curriculum
  • Implement activities to increase the number of minutes during the school day for students to be active
  • Use physical activity to support student mental well-being
  • Identify the value of physical activity for one’s own mental health and plan and assess how to incorporate personal wellbeing into your educational planning; and plan to increase your knowledge of physical activity as a mechanism to support your own mental well-being
  • Learn culturally relevant and responsible pedagogies to advance an understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to physical activity, health and well-being


This Institute focuses on pragmatics of elementary PHE including: curriculum analysis, teaching strategies, lesson and unit planning, assessment and evaluation practices, and gathering resources. In addition, course materials will highlight ways to modify and adapt learning experiences to meet the diverse needs of children and cross-curricular approaches. In addition, a variety of PHE specific curriculum and pedagogical innovations will be explored.

Through an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, learners will learn about the construction of knowledge through experiential learning, develop deeper understandings and critical consciousness about physical activity planning and promotion, and garner problem-solving faculties through individual and group work. This hands-on and active course will also explore how to create student-centered programs with a variety of activities that offer opportunities for cross-curricular programming using the core and curricular competencies in the B.C. PHE curriculum.

This course will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and virtual sessions. The course will be offered through the University of British Columbia but will take place at the University of Fraser Valley. Students and in-service teachers that are not students of UBC will register as visiting students and will be able to transfer the credit to their program/home institution.

Course Instructor

Dr. Joanna Sheppard (UFV)

View Dr. Sheppard’s full bio.

Guest Instructors

Steve McGinley (UBC)
Dr. Steven Berg (UBC O)
Dr. Guy Le Masurier (VIU)
Dr. Hartley Banack (UNBC)
Lise Gilles
Josh Ogilvie (SD 68)
Alexandra Inglis (SD 73)


Online & In-person


University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
Mission campus at Heritage Park Centre
33700 Prentis Avenue
Mission, BC


Week #1
Friday, January 14 | 4pm – 7pm | (online sync./async.) 3 hours
Saturday, January 15 | 9am – 5pm | (f2f) 7 hours / 1 hour break

Week #2
Friday, January 21 | 4pm – 7pm | (online sync./async.) 3 hours
Saturday, January 22 | 9am – 5pm | (f2f) 7 hours / 1 hour break

Week #3
Friday, January 28 | 4pm – 7pm | (online sync./async.) 3 hours
Saturday, January 29 | 9am – 5pm | (f2f) 7 hours / 1 hour break

Week #4
Friday, February 4 | 4pm – 7pm | (online sync./async.) 3 hours
Saturday, February 5 | 9am – 5pm | (f2f) 7 hours / 1 hour break

Registration & Fees: For-Credit Registration

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus); please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in the credit course.

Current UBC students can register for credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login (CWL).

Registration opens in early March, see the Summer Session dates for the opening registration date for your student category. Many summer programs fill quickly, early registration is strongly recommended.

      • Undergraduate Course (3.0 credits)
        EDCP 420 | Advanced Physical Education: Elementary
        A limited number of seats are available for graduate students.
        Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.

Visiting Student Registration

If you are currently enrolled at another post-secondary institution and wish to take this course for transfer credit, please apply as a Visiting Student. You can find out more information at the Visiting and Unclassified Students page on the TEO site.

As a one-time exception, the requirement of meeting the UBC English language admission standard will be waived, as will the need to upload a high school transcript. However, applicants must still pay the application fee and submit a letter of permission as well as an interim official transcript from their current educational institution.

To apply as a Visiting Student please do the following:

  1. Fill out the application form (select ‘Visitor’ under ‘Please select a diploma/certificate program or category; select ‘Yes’ under ‘Do you meet the University’s English requirement?’ but leave test type and date blank); IMPORTANT: Under ‘Additional Comments’, please indicate ‘EDCP Fall Institute – EDCP 420
  2. Pay the application fee (the link to the payment portal will be sent in a follow-up e-mail)
  3. E-mail your letter of permission and a PDF copy of your interim official transcript from your current educational institution to teacher.ed@ubc.ca

Unclassified Students

Please register via the Teacher Education Unclassified Student Form.

Credit tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars and are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Student Assessed Fees

Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.

Students who meet certain requirements may opt out of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, during the first two weeks of the term.

To see if you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, login to the Student Service Centre (SSC) and click on the Financial Summary tab to navigate to the U-Pass fee exemption page.

If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the opt-out procedures. Visit the Student Service Centre (SSC) for more information.

Students registered in on-campus courses in the summer session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Undergraduate Students

To register in courses offered for credit you must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education, Vancouver campus.

      • If you were previously a student here, you will need to apply for re-admission. If you are not applying for a program, you can apply as an unclassified student to receive credit for this course.
      • If you are a UBC Okanagan student, or interested in a program offered by UBC Okanagan, please see Admission Categories on the Application & Registration page.

View the Application & Registration page for details, instructions and application forms.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a Visiting Graduate Student to UBC, you must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)

Registration & Fees: Non-Credit Registration

Non-Credit Registration & Fees

  • Non-Credit Registration Fee: $613.23 + GST


Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card. Please note that should UBC cancel the course, a full refund will be issued.

FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration, including information on our refund policy.

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