B.S. Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching

Welcome to the Preparation for Teaching Program!

Physical activity professionals, which includes physical educators, make an impact on the health and wellness of current and future generations. The Kinesiology-Preparation for Teaching program at SJSU prepares students to be well-rounded physical activity professionals to teach, coach, motivate, and shape the lives of K-12th grade students. We accomplish this by teaching movement and wellness concepts in the gym, field, classroom, and sporting environments.

This major is primarily designed for those who are interested in becoming physical education and/or adapted physical education (APE) teachers in the K-12 schools, however, the concepts and skills learned can translate to other careers (see Career Areas/Next Steps below). The BS- Kinesiology - Preparation for Teaching major is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved single subject matter preparation program in physical education. Upon graduation, students attain Subject Matter Competency (SMC) in physical education which allows them to apply to any teaching credential program in California without having to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Additionally, once they receive their teaching credential in physical education, graduates of our program are eligible for the Adapted Physical Education add-on.

Students in the preparation for teaching program learn and practice a wide range of skills including how to integrate technology, assess learning, design lessons, and modify their instruction to meet the needs of all their students including students with disabilities. Furthermore, students will learn how to further the purpose of physical education which is to “develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity” (SHAPE, 2014, p. 11). In the preparation for teaching program there is a focus on progressing students from learning basic instructional techniques to practicing advanced teaching strategies through hands-on teaching experiences. Graduates from the preparation for teaching program will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become influential physical activity professionals and impact the lives of those around them.

PETE Student Graduation Road Map 

Program Fast Facts

  • Gain hands-on experience by teaching students from the children’s center and working with people with disabilities at the Timpany Center.
  • Participate in and learn to teach a wide range of individual to team physical activities (e.g. yoga, swimming, archery, badminton, disc sports, soccer, baseball/softball).
  • There is a shortage of teachers in California and many teaching jobs go unfilled each year, thus, graduates from our program will likely attain a job immediately graduating from the credential program.


Program Requirements

  • Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.
  • Complete all coursework - Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).
  • Complete all coursework with a “C-” or better to graduate. KIN 100w must be passed with a “C” or better. NOTE - Must have a 2.75 GPA to apply to the teaching credential program.
  • Complete the International Experience Requirement - To satisfy the Department of Kinesiology international requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at http://www.sjsu.edu/casa/international-experience.


Career Areas - Next Steps

  • Physical Education Teacher (Teaching Credential Program Required) at public or private schools
  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher (Teaching Credential Program Required) at public or private schools
  • Interscholastic and/or recreational sport coach/athletic director
  • Physical activity directors at sport and recreation centers
  • School-based physical activity specialist (ex. Playworks, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs)
  • Outdoor education schools/programs
  • Physical activity specialist within community, corporate, and commercial settings
  • Graduate School (Masters and Doctorate)
    • Coach at the University level
    • Teach at the University level


Faculty - Who You’ll Learn From

David Daum
David Daum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Physical Education Teacher Education
PETE Program Director 
Spartan Complex 113
Erin Siebert
Assistant Professor
Adapted Physical Activity & Teacher Education
Spartan Complex 173D
Jihyun Lee
Assistant Professor
Adapted Physical Education & Teacher Education
Spartan Complex 112


Nancy Megginson


Adapted Physical Activity
Spartan Complex 173A


Future Directions of program

The faculty of the PETE program believe it is important to continue improving and growing to provide relevant learning experiences for our students. As such, we have identified the following as areas we would like to develop further:

  • Foster greater connection with local schools.
  • Create afterschool and/or summer sport and/or physical activity based programming.
  • Create a student club specific to physical education, adapted physical education and other related physical activity professionals.
  • Revise the undergraduate curriculum to continue nurturing high-quality teachers


Contact Us - Request More Information

Have questions about our program? Fill out this form, and someone will assist you with any questions you have specific to the Kinesiology Single Subject Preparation Major.


External Links

  • California Basic Education Skills Test  - CBEST
  • California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance - CAHPERD
  • California State Council on Adapted Physical Education - SCAPE
  • How to apply to SJSU
  • How to apply to the SJSU Teaching Credential Program
  • National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities - NCPEID
  • PE Central
  • PE Universe
  • Society of Health and Physical Educators - SHAPE America
  • Western Society of Kinesiology and Wellness - WSKW

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