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Department of Kinesiology

Physical Education students on soccer field

Explore the Physical Education Option

The Physical Education Option has a curricular emphasis in pedagogy designed for students with professional goals in teaching and coaching. Completion of a bachelor of science degree in this option provides access to teaching credential programs and teaching careers in grades K-12. 

The Physical Education Option offers coursework and practical experiences in teaching and coaching, which conform to all California state standards and fully prepare students for admission into teaching credential programs. After completing a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology - Physical Education, students can pursue a single subject teaching credential through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Graduates of the P.E. Option are highly effective and successful K-12 physical educators in the Central Valley and beyond.


Blended Physical Education Program

Students have the option to the complete the Physical Education Credential Program (PETE) and the Physical Education Transfer Credential Option (PETE Transfer), which allows incoming freshmen to complete the program including the single subject credential in four years. This curriculum will allow transfer students (with a completed Associates of Arts degree) to complete the program including the single subject credential in three years.

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Learn about our Curriculum

Students must complete 68-73 units of coursework within the physical education option. 

Core Courses
Course Course Title Units
KINES 1 Introductory Principles and Techniques for Physical Fitness Development 3
KINES 32 + any KAC Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 2
KINES 33  Foundation of Sport Exercise Psychology 3
KINES 116 Fundamentals of Biomechanics 3
KINES 118 Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology  3

Optional Courses
Course Course Title  Units
KINES 109 Motor Learning 3
KINES 110 Motor Development 3
KINES 119 ECG and Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
KINES 121 Body Composition: Theory, Principles and Management 3
KINES 137 Structural Biomechanics 3
KINES 163 Fitness and Wellness  3
KINE 165 Performance Related Fitness 3
KINES 167 Integrative Exercise Science 3

Physical Education faculty and students are very active in a wide range of service learning projects. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in a project that is research based while enrolled in the program. Funding support is typically available as many of these projects are supported by grants and awards. Research is centered on but not limited to physical education teachers, and public school students.

Helpful Physical Education Resources include:

  • California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD)
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
  • California Department of Education (CDE)

A limited number of internships are available for qualified Exercise Science Option students interested in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, worksite health promotion, and strength and conditioning. 


Contact Us

Nicole J. Smith, Ph.D. 
PETE Option Coordinator and Associate Professor
North Gym 160

Please visit the CSU, Fresno online catalog for Physical Education for additional information.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).