As an educator, you can improve your physical education skills with FPU’s online master of arts in kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education. The program provides a broad understanding of the history and philosophy of up-to-date physical education practices. You will gain the necessary tools to develop physical education programs, with coursework focused on implementing ethical standards in teaching methods.


  • Work and earn degree simultaneously
  • Courses are offered fully online
  • Study how to improve your physical education, teaching and coaching skills

Career opportunities

This program enhances the skills, knowledge and abilities of teachers who currently hold a single subject teaching credential for Physical Education.

Program director

Jim Ave
Jim Ave, Ph.D., ATC

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Phone interview with director
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from college instructor or supervisor)
  • Statement of intent
  • Two writing samples indicating potential graduate-level work
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree in kinesiology or related area
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Current résumé including all related professional and extra−curricular experience
  • Individuals without a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or related area can meet the admission requirement by satisfying one of these areas:
    • Minimum 12 semester units of study in physical education
    • For each year verified, full-time physical education teaching and/or coaching experience, 3 units of prerequisites may be waived with the approval of the program director
    • For each year of part-time teaching/coaching, 1.5 units may be waived

Course listing

Required Courses (24 Units)

KIN-710Technology in Kinesiology3
KIN-715Legal Aspects of Kinesiology and Sport3
KIN-720Psychology of Sports3
KIN-725Program Design in Physical Education3
KIN-740Advanced Methods of Teaching Physical Education3
KIN-745Assessment in Physical Education3
KIN-792APracticum in Physical Education I3
KIN-792BPracticum in Physical Education II3

Master Of Arts Core (12-13 Units)

KIN-771Research Methods in Kinesiology3
KIN-779Values in Kinesiology and Sport3
Course Option
KIN-777AIssues in Kinesiology2
KIN-777BField-Based Research3
Thesis Option
KIN-777AIssues in Kinesiology2
KIN-798Project/Thesis Proposal1
KIN-799Project/Thesis-Physical Education or Athletic Training3
Comprehensive Examination Option
KIN-7390History and Philosophy in Kinesiology3
KIN-777AIssues in Kinesiology2
KIN-796Comprehensive Examination0