With this emphasis, you will be prepared 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 you a broad content base in order to prepare you to pass the CSET examination, which is required prior to entry into a teacher education program.


  • 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 K-12.

Career opportunities

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