ATH 905 - Coaching: Teaching Character

This course focuses on the important areas of character development, moral reasoning, and ethical issues typically found in sport. The activities of this course will include interactions with other successful coaches through the interview process, readings, and personal reflection. There are also practical experiences designed specifically for your student-athletes. urther, this course provides a practical context from which the coach is encouraged to think more deeply about moral character and many of the ethical issues and dilemmas encountered in our athletically competitive world. The activities of this course are designed to better acquaint and refine within the coaching individual, their understandings of sport relative to such issues as violence and intimidation, eligibility, gamesmanship, winning and losing, ergogenic aids, gender, and race. The assignments contained in this course are closely aligned to National Content Standards in Physical Education for grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Course Information

Credit: 3-semester units college credit

Fees: $460 (Includes tuition and fees) – Students are required to purchase the materials separately.

Instructor: Dennis Janzen, Ph.D. • [email protected] • 559-287-8389

Endorsement for ATH 905

Thank you for this educational opportunity to grow and further develop my personal approach towards teaching character through sports. – Arizona

ATH 905 was one of the best university classes I have ever taken. Coaching for character…wow! As I proceeded through the course, I realized my PE/health teaching career was in need of a large and substantial tweak! I had forgotten one of the most important parts of life: developing character! This course gave me practical ways to immediately implement and incorporate character development into my daily class times. Best of all, my students are loving it and being daily challenged and transformed from the inside out. Doesn’t get much better than that! Thank you! – California

Very thought provoking exercises. As with other courses I have taken through Fresno and Dr. Janzen, I thought the work load was fair and I learned much in the process. – California

I enjoyed the real life application of the course content. I thought I was actually reading about situations in my coaching career. – Ohio

The course was great. I found it enlightening and incredibly useful. I would love to use the information in my classroom as well as with my soccer team. Thanks! – Pennsylvania

The readings for this course and previous courses offered by Prof. Janzen helped me build stronger relationships with seniors that were on the fence and ultimately led us to the championship game! Thank you. – New York

Excellent book and course. Thanks for being so prompt in grading and responding to emails. Should be required as an undergrad class for any athletic pursuit. – Ohio

Great information that I can apply in my role as a coach and athletic director. – Rhode Island

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