Character and Athletics

Course Available
2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Discover the Importance of Character When Dealing with Student Athletes

In this course you will examine the relationship between character and athletics. You will explore ways to establish a culture of character, model positive leadership, foster ethical decision-making and promote equality in athletics. You will also enhance your personal philosophy of athletics, develop an athletic mission statement and create a cumulative final project with practical application to your current role as an athletic leader.

Throughout the course you will hear from three leaders of the University of San Diego community: Ed DeRoche, Director of the University of San Diego Character Education Resource Center; Marie Zidek, former USD Assistant Volleyball Coach; and Rich Hill, former USD Head Baseball Coach.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for athletic coaches and K-12 teachers who provide physical education, who want to gain a new perspective on coaching in the modern era.

Course Materials:  None

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X780P – 011 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Character and Athletics

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
CJ Moloney

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What You Will Learn

  • Explain the relationship between character and athletics
  • Develop a philosophy of athletics that encompasses civility, sportsmanship, teamwork and an overall culture of character
  • Design activities, practices and strategies that promote character development in athletics


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

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  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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I have taken 4 classes so far and all instructors have been really good and knowledgable. They also realize that we are working adults as they are as well and that always helps.