Jun 27, 2022
Program Director: Fay Nielsen, Ph.D.
This emphasis is designed for students who would like 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 students a broad content base in order to prepare them to pass the CSET examination, which is required prior to entry into a teacher education program.
Department Chair: Jim Ave, Ph.D.
Kinesiology Program Overview
The word kinesiology refers to the study of human movement, and the School of Natural Sciences uses it as an umbrella term that includes several different academic programs. In the undergraduate program, the Department of Kinesiology has three Bachelor of Arts emphases and two Bachelor of Science emphases. The B.A. emphases are exercise science, fitness management and physical education teaching. The Bachelor of Science degrees are more academically rigorous and include a research component. The B.S. emphases include exercise physiology and pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy. The Department of Kinesiology also offers two minors: coaching and physical education teaching. A detailed description of each major and each minor follows.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate comprehension of content-specific knowledge from the kinesiology foundations.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, evaluate fitness components using appropriate techniques and instruments.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, demonstrate ability to perform, teach, and evaluate various motor skills appropriate to the intended population and purpose.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, use the appropriate method of research to answer questions and solve problems in the kinesiology disciplines.
- Students will, upon completion of this program, comprehend the importance of a Biblical worldview as it relates to personal and professional conduct.
Offered on the main campus in Fresno
General Education Courses
General Education Prerequisite
Required Courses (46 Units)
Emphasis Courses (17 Units)
Teacher Education Program Information
Students who are interested in applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program should consult with their academic advisors and/or contact the Regional Enrollment Office prior to (2 or more semesters before) completion of their degrees.
Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete the following in order to be considered for admission.
- Online application
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A written request to waive the GPA requirement can be submitted for Program Director consideration.
- Three letters of reference
- Personal statement documenting experience working with youth LA 385 - Critical Approaches to Teaching is recommended to students, as it provides school-based experiences with youth that meet this requirement.
- Verifications of negative TB test and Certificate of Clearance.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required tests prior to admission to the credential program. Students must meet established testing requirements to progress into the student teaching or internship phase of the Teacher Education Program.
- Passing results on CBEST
- Passing results on CSET for area of credential
Required Co-Requisite Courses:
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required co-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate programs. If not completed prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program, the equivalent graduate-level courses can be added to a student’s academic plan for the credential program.