EDST 498 A: Elementary Physical and Health Education: Supporting Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

July 5 – 9 (Monday to Friday)  |   9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please note: Students enrolled in this course can not take SIE courses that run from July 5 to July 22.


This week-long intensive course will introduce students 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 students’ 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, Indigenous perspectives using the Holistic Model, inspired by the medicine wheel to teach beyond just the physical, creating equity diversity and inclusion in PHE, quality physical education, physical literacy and the comprehensive school health model. Learners will explore assessment approaches and create resources that will support their professional practice moving forward.

This course focuses on pragmatics of elementary PHE including: curriculum analysis, teaching strategies, lesson and unit planning, assessment and evaluation practices, and gathering resources.  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 a holistic inquiry approach to teaching and learning, students will learn about the construction of knowledge through experiential learning, develop deeper understandings and a critical consciousness about physical activity planning and promotion, and garner problem-solving faculties through individual and group work. This online course will also explore how to create student-centred programs with a variety of activities that offer opportunities for cross-curricular programming using the core competences in the BC curriculum.

By the end of this course, students will be able to relate learning from the course modules to explain

  • how their level of confidence and competence has been influenced to deliver the PHE curriculum
  • ways of increasing the number of minutes during the school day to incorporate physical activity
  • how their knowledge of using physical activity as a support for student mental well-being has been influenced
  • how their knowledge of using physical activity as a support for their own mental well-being has been influenced
  • how to increase Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to physical activity, health and well-being
  • and identify ways to support students in their physical literacy journey
  • and identify ways to embed EDI practices within a PHE learning environment

Dr. Stephen Berg

Dr. Berg is an Associate Professor within the Okanagan School of Education where he teaches courses in a number of areas including Physical Education and Health Education. Dr. Berg has teaching experience in the K-12 and post-secondary levels in British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.