With this emphasis, you will be prepared to teach physical education in a single-subject classes 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, courses explore 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.

Course listing

General Education Courses

KIN-120Concepts of Wellness3
PE-120Dance Movement1
PE-123Self Defense1

General Education Prerequisite

BIOL-100 & 100L
or BIOL-111 & 111L
Principles of Biology
General Biology: Cells and Physiology

Required Courses (50 Units)

Core Courses (33 Units)
BIOL-331 & 331LHuman Anatomy4
BIOL-332 & 332LHuman Physiology4
KIN-251Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN-331 & 331LFundamentals of Motor Behavior4
COM-343Writing in the Natural Sciences3
KIN-385Kinesiology Practicum2
KIN-395Sport and Exercise Psychology3
KIN-401 & 401LBiomechanics4
KIN-406 & 406LPhysiology of Exercise I4
KIN-485Senior Seminar2
Emphasis Courses (17 Units)
KIN-320Theory of Physical Education3
KIN-340Measurement Evaluation3
KIN-345Analysis of Individual and Dual Sports2
KIN-351Analysis of Team Sports2
KIN-357Analysis of Outdoor Activities1
KIN-359Analysis of Fundamental Movements1
KIN-368Analysis of Aquatics1
KIN-369Analysis of Fitness Activities1
KIN-370Analysis of Non-Traditional Sports1
KIN-375Analysis of Dance2