B.A. Degree in Kinesiology: Physical Education Teaching

This emphasis is designed for students who would like to teach physical education in a single subject setting within schools. Traditionally this has been in grades 7-12, but increasingly school districts are hiring physical education specialists for the elementary grades as well. Using California state guidelines, the emphasis has been designed to give students a broad content base in order to prepare them to pass the CSET examination, which is required prior to entry into a teacher education program.

Unique Features

In addition to the core classes in human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and sport history, this emphasis explores dance movements and motor learning and analyzes many of the sports found in the K-12 school setting.

Our Graduates

The secondary teaching emphasis is designed specifically for students who which to teach health fitness, kinesiology or sports science, and/or coach in a K-12 school.


General Education Courses (4 Units)

  • KIN-120 Concepts of Wellness (2)
  • PE-120 Dance Movement (1)
  • PE-123 Self Defense (1)

General Education Prerequiste (4 Units)

  • BIOL-101L Principles of Biology (4)
  • or BIOL-110L General Biology A (4)

Required Courses (48 Units)

Core Courses (30 units)

  • BIOL-331L Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL-332L Human Physiology (4)
  • KIN-251 Foundations of Kinesiology (3)
  • KIN-330L Fundamentals of Motor Behavior (4)
  • KIN-385 Kinesiology Practicum (2)
  • KIN-395 Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)
  • KIN-401L Biomechanics (4)
  • KIN-406L Physiology of Exercise (4)
  • KIN-485 Senior Seminar (2)

Emphasis Courses (17 units)

  • KIN-320 Theory of Physical Education (3)
  • KIN-340 Measurement Evaluation (3)
  • KIN-345 Analysis of Individual and Dual Sports (2)
  • KIN-351 Analysis of Team Sports (2)
  • KIN-357 Analysis of Outdoor Activities (1)
  • KIN-359 Analysis of Fundamental Movement (1)
  • KIN-368 Analysis of Aquatics (1)
  • KIN-369 Analysis of Fitness Activities (1)
  • KIN-370 Analysis of Non-Traditional Sports (1)
  • KIN-375 Analysis of Dance (2)

Additional Requirements for Teacher Education Candidates

To Enter a Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following requirements in addition to the specific course requirements outlined above to enter a teacher education program and become credentialed to teach in a California public school:

  1. Complete LA-385 Critical Approaches to Teaching with a grade of C or better.
  2. Pass the CSET Examination to demonstrate the subject matter competence required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to be a teacher.

To Enter the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following requirements to enter the teacher education program at FPU:

  1. Earn a 2.75 overall grade-point average in their college coursework.
  2. Earn a 3.0 grade-point average in the secondary teaching emphasis of their major.

To Complete the Fresno Pacific University Teacher Education Program

Students must complete the following courses (with a grade of C or better) in order to complete the teacher education program at FPU and receive a teaching credential. Students are advised, but not required, to take these courses as undergraduates.

  • PS-120 American Politics and Society (4)
  • or HIST-150 American Civilization (4)
  • PSY-355 Adolescent Development (3)
  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

It is recommended that students complete one of the following courses, as well:

  • HIST-420 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)
  • SOC-310 Cultural Communities of California (3)

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