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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

Credentialed graduates are prepared to teach physical education at any grade level, including community college or university.

Program director

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Jim Ave, Ph.D., ATC

Professor, Program Director, Kinesiology

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Statement of intent
  • Official transcripts verifying bachelor’s degree in kinesiology
  • Individuals without a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology can meet the requirement by satisfying one of these areas:
    • Minimum 12-semester units of study in physical education
    • 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time physical education teaching and/or coaching experience
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • If GPA is below 2.75 submit a current resume and letter of explanation

Course listing

Required Courses

Kinesiology Courses (27 Units)

KIN 710Technology in Kinesiology3
KIN 720Psychology of Sport3
KIN 725Program Design in Physical Education3
KIN 730History and Philosophy in Kinesiology3
KIN 740Advanced Methods of Teaching Physical Education3
KIN 745Assessment in Physical Education3
KIN 777AIssues in Kinesiology3
KIN 792AProfessional Standards in Physical Education I3
KIN 792BProfessional Standards in Physical Education II3

Master of Arts Core (9 Units)

KIN 715Legal Aspects of Kinesiology and Sport3
KIN 771Research Methods in Kinesiology3
KIN 779Values in Kinesiology and Sport3
KIN 796Comprehensive Examination0

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.