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Expanded Collection

Sport Performance Program

Earn the credits you need to maximize your salary and rev up your teaching and coaching skills with flexible and convenient courses designed for active professionals.


Strong Teachers Make for Stronger Students

Gain innovative coaching and teaching practices to help train your roster of athletes. With Cal State East Bay’s Sport Performance Program Expanded Collection, you can pick and choose what courses best suit your goals and the needs of your students throughout the year.

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Give Your Earnings a Boost

Cal State East Bay’s self-paced courses are widely accepted by school districts throughout the United States for salary increment units to help move you up on the salary schedule. You’ll enjoy having all course materials mailed directly to you through an easy distance learning format, enabling you to learn at your own pace and study from the comfort of your home, classroom, or office.

The cost of the courses, knowledge gained, ease of pace, great communication from California State University, East Bay makes this my number one choice for continuing my education.

Rob AdkinsFormer Sport Performance Program Student

You can take this class anywhere you go and you can pace yourself however you want.

Magdalena YanesFormer Sport Performance Program Student

Stay on Top in Your Field

As a Cal State East Bay student, you will receive the most up-to-date knowledge and advanced techniques in the field of education and sports, making you an invaluable team member in your workplace.

In fact, the majority of teachers and coaches who complete CSUEB courses quickly move-up on the salary pay scale. You’ll enjoy relevant and innovative course curriculum that you can immediately apply to your job.

Here is what previous students had to say about the courses:

The courses have helped me gain a deeper understanding of issues in my subject area that I've been able to immediately use in my classes. I have received credit toward teacher re-certification and salary increase.

Rob AdkinsFormer Sport Performance Program Student

It helped me get the necessary credit for increased pay, and I obtained useful knowledge about the human body and sports.

Christopher HarperFormer Sport Performance Program Student

It has helped me be a better teacher and coach by using what I have learned through the program. It has also moved me across the pay scale, which helps me right now and ups my retirement pay when the time comes.

Denna WilliamsFormer Sport Performance Program Student

Create Your Own Unique Curriculum

The Sport Performance Program Expanded Collection is a self-paced, home-study program comprised of individual courses. Whether you choose to take just one course or enroll in multiple courses at a time, your education is entirely up to you.

Course fees include all required course materials and exams, as well as access to one-on-one instruction via e-mail or phone.

To successfully complete a course, you must:

Complete the required reading

Engage in sport activities

Take the self-administered final exam

Submit your test by the submission deadlines

Complete all requirements within one year of enrollment

Each course is worth two semester units. The total number of graduate credits you receive will depend on the number of courses you complete.

It was easy to incorporate the assignments into my Physical Education curriculum and the knowledge that I gained was very helpful.

Jennifer MucciantiFormer Sport Performance Program Student

Course credits are widely accepted by school districts throughout the United States for salary increment units to move you on the salary schedule. However, you are responsible for verifying applicable policies to ensure acceptance with your district or institution prior to enrolling.

Choose from a variety of course subjects:

KIN 850: Youth Sport Matters
This course will bring critical sociological analyses to cultural issues surrounding youth sport. The course is built on the assumption that youth sport is an important location to more deeply understand more expansive social issues and tensions. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which various social relationships and inequalities are simultaneously sustained and disrupted in a youth sport setting.
KIN 851: Hot Topics in Exercise Training and Performance
This course examines hot topics in exercise training and performance. Topics include current research findings and insights on the role of: nutrition and performance, protein and carbohydrate ingestion/supplementation in exercise and performance, hydration and performance, high intensity interval training to enhance endurance performance, training the gut for performance, speeding recovery from exercise, training the core for enhanced performance, prevention and treatment of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), ergogenic aids for enhanced training and performance, diabetes and competition, and environmental issues and performance.
KIN 852: Peak Experiences in Sport
This course examines special experiences reported by athletes as part of their sport participation to occur during certain sport performances. Included are notions of the "Zone", altered states of consciousness, spiritual connections, and "Flow" in sport. The course explores the nature of these subjective (personal and group) experiences and some of the psychological and metaphysical explanations discussed in the professional literature.
KIN 853: Get Moving!
Integrating Physical Activity in Schools Recent research indicates that poor diet and lack of physical activity are increasingly important factors in the development of childhood obesity. This course provides teachers and administrators with ideas for integrating physical activity across the curriculum and creating effective school wellness programs.
KIN 854: Hello Exercise, Goodbye Stress: the Physiological Benefits of Exercise
When we are stressed, what hormonal and physiological changes occur? How do these changes impact our health? This course provides an in-depth understanding of the physiological responses to stress. We will examine the potentially deleterious effects of stress related diseases and review literature regarding the benefits of exercise in mitigating these effects.
KIN 855: Mind Over Matter: Mental Skills for Olympic Performance
This course examines mental skills developed by high performance athletes such as participants in the Winter Games. Discover how research and theory in sport psychology are put into practice with athletes, coaches, and teams. Many principles and techniques used with elite athletes can be applied to youth, recreational sport, and other achievement activities. Explore how these concepts are employed by actual athletes/coaches (observed through the media), and how they can be applied in your own coaching or teaching.
KIN 856: Modern Olympics: Political Games
Analyze the Modern Olympics as a globally significant political and commercial event. Explore the political processes of the modern Games, how they are organized and produced, and the social consequences of these processes. Learn how the televised broadcast impacts ideas of nationality, race, gender, age, and (dis)ability.
KIN 857: Understanding Sport Nutrition, what Should I Eat?
Understanding the Science Behind Nutrition Sport nutrition is the practice of consuming nutrients to improve sport performance. While some individuals are involved in competitive physical activity, and others are concerned with improving their body composition, strength, cardiovascular endurance, or general fitness level-the same general nutrition principles apply to both. This course examines how food and sport supplements interact with the body's biological functions to affect exercise and sport performance.
KIN 858: Effectively Integrating Fitness Education Into Physical Education
This course provides physical education teachers and movement education personnel with ideas for effectively integrating health-related fitness and activity into quality physical education programs at the kindergarten through twelfth grade levels. Additionally, this course will instruct on the use of fitness testing as an educational and motivational tool encouraging lifelong physical activity participation.
KIN 859: Explanations for Everyday Occurrences in Sport and Life
What are spoonerisms and how can they be explained? Was John McEnroe really a brat or did he have preconceived intent when he berated umpires? Wayne Gretzky was one of the greatest hockey players of all time, but some believe his individual skills were only average. Why was he so great? This course will examine the research in motor learning and control that can help explain the above as well as answer many questions related to sporting events and movement activities in everyday life. Students will examine issues on perception, decision making, attention, and skill learning,development, and retention.
KIN 860: Developing Skill in Sport & Physical Activities
This course examines scientific principles behind the development of skill in sport and other physical activities, and explores practical applications in contemporary training of athletes and physical performers. Following current research evidence and the practice of sport science professionals, this course provides information that teachers, coaches, and parents can apply to improve skill practice at all levels of expertise. Practical coaching tips are surveyed that facilitate learning, decision-making, concentration, and performance skills in beginners to elite performers.
KIN 861: Do You Live in an Environment that Promotes Obesity?
Gain a greater understanding of the issues that underlie the current obesity epidemic. Explore the influences of: family and culture; access to resources and transportation systems; public policy; and the media on individual health behavior. This course provides physical education teachers and movement education personnel from Kindergarten through 12th grade with a broader knowledge of obesity, and offers tools for practitioners to address the epidemic within their communities.
KIN 862: Myths & Truths in Youth Sport Coaching
Utilizing current research evidence and the practice of sport science professionals, this course provides the scientific evidence that contradicts commonly held sport coaching myths. Teachers, coaches, and parents can apply information from the course to improve their coaching practices and facilitate learning, performance, enjoyment, and developmental outcomes for all in youth sport.

Paul Carpenter

PhD, Department Chair

Given a thimbleful of facts, it's remarkable how we will make a bathtub full of generalizations.

Dr. Carpenter completed his bachelor's degree (Hons) at Liverpool Polytechnic in the United Kingdom and his master's degree and PhD in Kinesiology at UCLA.  He has nearly 20-years experience as a Department Chair having served in that role at University of East London in the United Kingdom and at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois.  Prior to taking the chair position at the University of East London, he was a faculty member at DeMontfort University in the United Kingdom for eight years.  Dr. Carpenter brings a wealth of administrative experience, and he also has a strong scholarly record.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Carpenter practices what he preaches with respect to the importance of being physically active.  He is an avid cyclist and competes in long distance endurance events.  He commutes to work daily on his bike and has been doing so for over 30 years.  Having grown up in England, football (soccer) is also his passion, and he plays in the university's intramural soccer league.

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Paul Carpenter

Paul CarpenterPhD, Department Chair

Ready to Enroll?

Registration for any of the Sport Performance Expanded Collection courses is always open and there are no admission requirements to enroll.

Please note: You must register no later than 30 days before the end of the semester for your grade to be recorded in the current semester.

Still have some unanswered questions? Visit the program support center for further assistance. »

Common Questions

When will I receive the course materials?
Materials will be mailed to you within seven business days after receipt of your completed registration and payment.
What type and how many credits will I obtain by taking the program?

California State University, East Bay uses a two semester system. For each course you complete, you will acquire two semester units.

If you require different conversion measurements, please check with your district.

What does the course fee include?
Course fees include all required course materials and exams, as well as access to one-on-one instruction via e-mail or phone.
What is the refund policy?

To withdraw from a course, you must submit a written request to the Continuing Education Office. Failure to file a written request to withdraw may result in a failing grade. A stop payment order on a check does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor does it relieve your financial obligation for the course.

Refunds are given when the request is made in writing and postmarked no later than three weeks after receipt of registration form. There is a $50 administrative charge per course refunded. Therefore, $50 will be deducted from your registration fee if one course is refunded; $100 will be deducted for two courses refunded; and $150 will be deducted if three courses are refunded. No refunds will be given to any request received after the three-week mark.

The qualifying date is established by the method of delivery: 1) by hand, the official "Received" date stamp; 2) by fax, the transmittal date imprinted by the fax; and, 3) by mail, the USPS postmark date on the envelope; 4) by email to the coordinator at

Will my school district accept the credits from this program?
Course credits are widely accepted by school districts throughout the United States for salary increment units to move you on the salary schedule.

However, you are responsible for verifying applicable policies to ensure acceptance with your district or institution prior to enrolling.
Can I use these courses for teacher certification renewal, or fulfillment of undergraduate or graduate requirements?
These credits are generally applicable towards teacher certification renewal and fulfillment of undergraduate or graduate degree requirements. However, you are responsible for verifying applicable policies to ensure acceptance with your district or institution prior to enrolling.
What are the requirements for completing the class?
To successfully complete the program, you must complete the required reading, watch sports telecasts (or engage in sport competition or physical activity), take the self-administered final exam, and return your Scantron(s).
When is the deadline to submit the final exam and essay?

All exams and essays must be postmarked three weeks before the end of the current term for your grade to be recorded. If you fail to submit coursework by this date, you will receive a grade of "incomplete". If you require an extension, you have until one year to complete and submit coursework in order to receive a grade and course credit.

What will be included in the course materials packet I receive?

The packet will include the following items for each course in which you enroll:

  • Syllabus and Reading Materials
  • Final Exam and Scantron Form
  • Transcript Request Form
  • Reply Envelope
  • Horizon Email Account Information
How do I obtain a transcript?

Transcript requests may be made by mail or online. All requests require that you provide your NetID, date of birth, date(s) of CSUEB attendance, and address where the transcript is to be sent. For more information on how to obtain a transcript, please visit:

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

All questions should be directed to the Sport Performance Coordinator or

I have not heard about your institution. Please tell me about it.
CSUEB has offered this type of program for more than 20 years. California State University, East Bay is accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a well-established, reputable four-year institution, named by the Princeton Review a “Best in the West” college for the ninth consecutive year. The institution's Kinesiology & Physical Education Department is one of the most highly regarded on the West Coast, and the Sport Performance Program instructors have more than 40 years of combined teaching experience in the field.


Are any discounts available for this program?
Yes, this program qualifies for the Forever Pioneer discount for Cal State East Bay alumni. You can complete and submit the Forever Pioneer Registration Form to receive the discounted pricing. Advanced registration is required to qualify for the discount.

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

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At a Glance

Area of study: Sports Performance (graduate-level units)

Ideal for: K-12 teachers and coaches who want to hone their teaching skills and climb the salary pay schedule while maximizing participation and enjoyment for their athletes

Teachers who would benefit from a greater understanding of physical activity All educators interested in the mental, physical, and political perspectives of sport

Program format: Self-paced, home-study

Program length: One year from enrollment date

Tuition costs: $230 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.) Forever Pioneer discount is available for Cal State East Bay alumni.


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