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Become an Active Learning Specialist

Teachers who want to increase engagement in the classroom, leverage the mind-body connection to increase academic performance, and increase students' physical and health literacy, are applying Active Learning with their students.

Active Learning Specialists play a vital role in designing strategies for incorporating physical movement into the learning process, helping classroom teachers, counselors, and athletic directors apply brain based research to help all students learn more effectively.

With the advent of the common core and new teacher evaluation requirements, Active Learning Specialists can help principals implement effective teaching and learning methods that prepare students' brains for learning.

Trained in the use of evidence-based approaches to design, implement and evaluate learning interventions, an Active Learning Specialist is a strategic partner with teachers and administrators in creating learning experiences that allow all students learn more effectively.


Research clearly demonstrates that increased physical activity yields enhanced readiness to learn.

Physical activity positively affects learning by:

  • Enhancing blood flow and oxygen to the brain, thereby improving mental clarity, and
  • Strengthening connections between nerves in the brain, thereby improving attention and information-processing skills.


  • are an Educator looking for ways to enhance the mind/body connection
  • are interested in adding new energy to your classroom
  • want to support higher levels of physical and health literacy among students.

The Active Learning Specialist Certificate

Based on research and informed by best practices, the Active Learning Specialist Certificate is designed to help educators incorporate physical literacy, educational neuroscience and cognitive psychology into the learning process to improve academic and health outcomes.

A continuing education course has been developed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to create and implement an Active Learning Plan in their classroom, school, district or alternative educational setting.

This online certificate course is self-paced and applied, with coaching and feedback from leading experts in the field of Active Learning. You'll be part of a community of teachers who will lead the way in re-energizing education through strategic physical movement interventions.

Developed by the innovators and thought leaders at Fizika Group, the course curriculum is balanced with research from the fields of physical science and education, and includes practical steps to develop meaningful classroom applications.

Course Format: This professional development course is self-paced and allows participants to register and enroll during an 'open enrollment' period lasting approximately 5 weeks. Participants then have between 5 to 10 weeks (depending on when they started the course) to complete the lessons. During the program, participants will develop components of an Active Learning Plan. This plan is reviewed by experts in the field and participants get feedback on how to ensure successful implementation. Throughout, you will make connections with peers in the program and will establish your peer learning network in Active Learning. Click here to review the course outline.


  • Winter 2014 Cohort – Start Date: January 27 – End Date: April 7, 2014
    • Enroll between* October 30 – March 3
  • Spring 2014 Cohort – Start Date: April 15, 2014 - End Date: June 23, 2014
    • Enroll between* March 4 – May 15
  • Summer 2014 Cohort – Start Date: July 1, 2014 - End Date: September 9, 2014
    • Enroll between*May 16 - August 5
  • Fall 2014 Cohort – Start Date: October 1, 2014 - End Date: December 10, 2014
    • Enroll between*August 6 - October 31
*Because the course is self-paced, registration can occur up to 5 weeks after the 'start' of the course. This will shorten the participant's time to complete the course since the end-date, when course activity shuts down, is a fixed date.

Registration and Enrollment Cost

Winter 2014 - Course open enrollment between January 27 – March 3, 2014
Cost is $738

When to Register

Ultimately, candidates can register at any time, though there may be a wait until the course begins. Candidates for the online certificate course can register in the weeks before the course begins, or up to 5 weeks after the course starts. Because the course is self-paced, individuals pursuing the certificate can enroll in the online course at any time during the 5-week open enrollment period (in addition to before the open enrollment period). Enrolling after the course begins will shorten the time available to complete the program because there is a fixed end-date by which the course work needs to be completed. Depending on when you register, there may be a wait until the next cohort begins. For more information review the program format and schedule.

Register for the Active Learning Specialist certificate under the "Learning Technologies" Program, listed on the registration page.

Academic Credit

This course is currently being reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee for approval for one graduate credit.

Our Partnership

Harrisburg University and Fizika Group have joined forces to provide educators with a comprehensive experience to develop their knowledge and skills and to earn recognition among their peers as an Active Learning Specialist. Applying best practices in adult and online learning, Harrisburg University has helped to create an online course and an online community of learners. The course is based on the educational curriculum developed by Fizika and their Fizika Active Learning Model. Together we leverage our expertise in online learning and active learning for a professional development experience that models the best practices and is a convenient and effective way for teachers to learn Active Learning principals and techniques.

View a short introductory video from Fizika Group to learn about their organization and their work in the field of Active Learning.

Webinars: Learn More

Hear first-hand from the program directors and the thought leaders behind this innovative new program. Participate in an upcoming webinar to learn more about Active Learning, how it is being used to increase student performance, and the new online certificate course. We'll explore how teachers are applying new discoveries linking brain function, physical activity and learning, and how you can become a leader in your school as an Active Learning Specialist.

Attend an informational webinar: "Changing Education Through Active Learning"

Webinar Schedule:

December 9, 7:00 pm. Click here to RSVP Now

January 14, 7:00 pm. Click here to RSVP Now

Request Information & Contact Us

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For questions about Active Learning and the course curriculum call (339) 2-FIZIKA.

For specific questions about enrolling in the online course, call 717.901.5190.