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, Assistant Volleyball Coach; and Rich Hill, Head Baseball Coach.

Learner Outcomes

  • 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

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

Technical Requirements


"I have taken 4 classes so far and all instructors have been really good and knowledgeable." -- Mike Wadley, Educator, Long Beach Unified School District, California
"Great class." -- Courtney Logan, Educator, San Diego Unified School District, California

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $307 credit (2 units) $307.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
Section Notes

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