Kinesiology Department

BS - Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching physical education in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BS in Kinesiology. The BS- Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching is approved as subject matter preparation for a single subject credential by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Individuals who do not wish to complete one of the degree programs, or individuals seeking a single subject credential in subject areas not listed must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(s).

Minimum grade point average (GPA) criteria may be required for verification of subject matter competency. Completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Note: Students who wish to complete or have completed another major should consult with a Department of Kinesiology advisor who specializes in teacher preparation to determine requirements for single subject matter competency certification in physical education.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. 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). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major must complete all courses Required in the Major (All courses in Preparation, Core, Concentration/Specialization) with a "C- or better" to graduate. The following courses in Preparation of major must be passed with a "C or better": KIN 100W.

Kinesiology 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

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major18
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
BIOL 065O may also be used to meet this requirement. This course does not include a human cadaver lab.
BIOL 066. Human PhysiologyB2+B35
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
KIN 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Mathematical Concepts (Area B4)3
Requirements of the Major61
Core Courses23
KIN 070. Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN 155. Exercise Physiology3
KIN 158. Biomechanics3
KIN 175. Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
KIN 185. Senior Seminar1
Four activity courses from four of six different Movement areas (in addition to the 2 unit university graduation requirement)4
Complete one course from:
KIN 160. History of Sport and Physical Education3
KIN 161. Philosophical Perspectives of Sport3
KIN 164. Sociocultural Perspectives3
Complete one course from:
KIN 165. Motor Development3
KIN 166. Motor Learning3
Major Required Courses38
KIN 105. Water Safety Instructor's Course2
Age requirement, minimum of 18 years
KIN 107. Adapted Aquatics1
KIN 156. Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity3
KIN 159. Sport and Adapted Activities3
KIN 168. Psychology of Coaching3
KIN 170B. Field Experience-Teaching3
Students will take KIN 170B multiple times for a total of 3 units
KIN 170C. Fieldwork in Adapted Physical Activity3
Students will take KIN 170C multiple times for a total of 3 units
KIN 172. Elementary School Programs, K-63
KIN 173. Intro to Teaching PE & Non-trad Sports3
KIN 174. Assessment of Psychomotor Function3
KIN 178. Management Practices for Physical Education Teachers3
KIN 179. Design and Assessment of Movement Experiences3
2 Additional Activity course (by advisement)2
Complete one course from:
KIN 165. Motor Development3
KIN 166. Motor Learning3
Whichever wasn't taken in Core.

Total Units:120