Leadership Classes (PEL)

PEL 310 Coaching

Designed to address all aspects of coaching from kindergarten through college-level team sports. Topics include philosophy, organizational techniques, writing workouts, discipline, and others.

PEL 311 Coaching II

Practical application of knowledge and skills from Coaching I (PEL 310) by implementing strategies and techniques in teaching and coaching situations. Students write a practice plan and teach a technical and tactical skill to the class. Learn how to evaluate, scout, and breakdown film and understand basic care and prevention of athletic injuries. Prereq: PEL 310 or equivalent experience.

PEL 399 Special Studies: The Evolution of Sport and Physical Education

Take a journey through time to understand the role that history, philosophy, educators, religion, politics, media, and money have played in shaping sports and physical education today. The course will begin with Ancient Greece and work through current times. We will discuss the people who influenced sports and physical education and why change has occurred. The University of Oregon has offered credit Physical Education classes for more than 100 years, and you will get to explore what makes us unique.

PEL 399 Special Studies: Women and Sport

Females experience sport in significantly different ways than males. This course will consider a number of topics including:

  • The history of women in sport
  • Title IX
  • Female physiology, psychology, and socially constructed gender roles and limitations
  • Sex and gender discrimination in sport
  • Education versus big business
  • Intersections of race, class, gender, and sport
  • Succeeding against all odds 

PEL 409 Practicum

An opportunity for students to assist a physical education instructor in our courses. Applicants must have significant experience and interest in the activity, and be willing to assist in many ways. Instructor approval required.

PEL 409 Practicum Coaching

Students need to be coaching during that term for a local organization such as the YMCA, Kidsports, etc. They need to coach for at least four weeks with a minimum of 20 hours. They will need to have a coaching philosophy, practice plans, to be observed twice and need to write a reflection paper.

PEL 409 Practicum Outdoor

These opportunities provide hands-on leadership and teaching experiences to students working towards completion of the Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Training Program. Students serve as course assistants under the mentorship of OPP instructors. Instructor approval required.