Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Concentration in Integrated Teacher Education Program in Physical Education

The Department of Kinesiology offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with concentrations in Exercise and Movement Sciences and Integrated Teacher Education Program in Physical Education. Both concentrations require a set of pre-major prerequisites and core requirements, some of which may be utilized to fulfill general education requirements, and which establish the framework for the study of movement, skills, and physical activity from a variety of perspectives. In addition, a set of concentration-specific courses serves the purpose of preparing the student for specific careers and graduate study within the field or related disciplines. Students must select one of the two concentrations.

  • All courses, including physical activity courses used to satisfy completion of major requirements, must be taken for a letter grade. No CR/NC grades may be used on the major petition for graduation with the exception of S ED 640 and S ED 660.
  • Students majoring in Integrated Teacher Education Program in Physical Education must earn a grade of C or higher in all required Kinesiology theory courses and a grade of B or higher in all movement-based courses.
  • It is recommended that students graduate with some form of certification to enhance employment opportunities, such as those provided by the American Red Cross, the American College of Sports Medicine, ACE, Senior Fitness Certificate, AFAA, or the National Coaching Association. See an advisor for suggestions and additional possibilities.

Bachelor of Science

Each concentration within the B.S. commences with a foundation in science, mathematics, and kinesiology, and a sequence of required core courses designed to progressively develop the students’ knowledge of movement, skill, and physical activity.

The graduating student will have the skills and knowledge to engage in the observation, analysis, and measurement of movement, fitness, learning, skill, and physical activity; will have the tools and knowledge to engage in synthesis and systematic inquiry; and will be capable of using necessary computerized programs and supporting technologies for systematic inquiry and/or professional practice.

The Integrative Physical Education Teaching Education degree is designed to prepare physical educators to deliver quality physical education classes at the K-12 levels.

The mission of the concentration program Area in Physical Education Teaching Education in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University is to prepare physical educators to deliver quality physical education classes at the K-12 levels. The Single-Subject Credential in Physical Education is an integrated program offered jointly by the Department of Kinesiology and the Graduate College of Education. Through this program, we educate and certify teachers to teach physical education in public and private K-12 schools. The emphasis on pedagogical knowledge during the early field experience, pre-service, and in-service teaching experience provides the learning environment for teachers to develop the necessary skills to educate a diverse student population to be physically educated individuals for lifelong physical activity.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the concentration in Physical Education should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical, historical, and legal/ethical foundations of physical education.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of human growth and development processes, as well as how these processes interact with and influence motor learning to teach movement knowledge and skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific bases of human movement to guide students in meeting the goals identified in the California Standards for Teaching Preparation.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the sociology and psychology of human movement in which physical activity provides a context for a broad range of experiences that can be used to promote the personal and social developmental concepts and skills contained in the CCTC Standards.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the movement concepts and forms contained in the CCTC Standards.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of assessment principles and procedures to be able to evaluate the effectiveness of physical education strategies and activities in promoting student achievement of the goals presented in the CCTC Standards.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the integration of themes and concepts in physical education and the interrelationships between physical education and other subject matter to create effective learning environments and experiences that provide students with opportunities to achieve the goals contained in the CCTC Standards.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Concentration in Integrated Teacher Education Program in Physical Education — 133 units minimum

General Education Requirements Met in the Major

The requirements below are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses and their prerequisites are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

Pre-Major Prerequisites (17–19 Units)

Select One:4-5
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
Select One:4
Principles of Human Anatomy
Human Anatomy
CHEM 101Survey of Chemistry3
BIOL 212Principles of Human Physiology3
Select One:3-4
Algebra and Statistics for Social Justice
Statistics for Social Justice
Data Analysis in Education
Elementary Statistics
Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology

Core Requirements (16 Units)

KIN 384GWResearch Methods in Kinesiology - GWAR3
KIN 457Culture, Gender, and Movement3
KIN 480Anatomical Kinesiology4
KIN 482Exercise Physiology3
KIN 486Motor Learning3

Concentration Requirements (31 Units)

KIN 240Introduction to Teaching Physical Education3
KIN 310Youth Development Instructional Analysis I3
KIN 312Youth Development Instructional Analysis II3
KIN 314Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
KIN 331Peak Performance3
KIN 401Elementary School Physical Education: K-53
KIN 487Motor Development3
KIN 489History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity3
KIN 536Introduction to Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 580Middle and High School Physical Education: Grades 6-123
KIN 581Practicum in Middle and High School Physical Education1

Credential Courses (36 units)

KIN 750Curriculum and Instruction I: Physical Education3
KIN 751Curriculum and Instruction II: Physical Education3
S ED 640Supervised Observation and Participation in Public Schools3
S ED 660Student Teaching - Single Subject9
S ED 701Teaching for Equity in Secondary Schools3
S ED 720Critical and Digital Literacy Across Content Areas3
S ED 751Classroom Environment and Management3
S ED 752Professional Perspectives and Practices3
S ED 790Teaching Multilingual Learners in Secondary Schools3
S ED 800Adolescent Development3

Additional Required Experiences

The following experiences are required for satisfactory completion of the Physical Education Subject Matter Preparation Program. Students may complete these experiences in courses available at a college, university, or off-campus. However, these experiences do not bear credit toward completion of the major.

  • Life Guard Training and Water Safety Instruction.
  • First Aid-CPR Certification.
  • Active participation in student CAHPERD, AAHPERD, and/or the Kinesiology Student Association, or other related professional organizations.
  • Gain experience in coaching, teaching physical education, recreation, or intramurals through working as a volunteer or paid assistant.

Physical Education Teaching Credential Pathway

Each student in the Physical Education Teaching Education Program meets the CSU Early Field Experience requirement for the SF State Single Subject Credential Program of 45 hours and develops curriculum and instruction skills. Students enrolling in KIN 581 are assessed through a version of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) required for a credential that has been adapted for the development of beginning teaching skills, planning, assessment analysis, class video recording, and co-teaching. For curriculum and instruction, the courses KIN 401 and KIN 580 require that students present a curriculum, a unit plan, and a lesson plan for one grade level. The instructional analysis courses KIN 310 and KIN 312 refine teaching skills using specific pedagogical strategies for physical education content. In KIN 384GW students learn about assessment, data analysis, and different methods of providing feedback to K-12 students. For adapted physical education requirements, the same procedures are followed by KIN 536, KIN 538, KIN 537, KIN 539, and KIN 630.

Application to the Credential Program

Students should formally apply to the Single Subject Physical Education Credential program when in the final semester of completing unit requirements (pre-requisites, 17-18 units; core requirements, 18 units; and physical education teaching education requirements, 22 units).

Expectations for Student Performance

  • Earn at least a C in each and all required KIN theory courses, and for credentialing purposes, at least a B in each and all movement experiences courses and all instructional analysis courses.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and possess demonstration-level skill competence in 12 activity areas. Students must pre-plan their routes to meet this requirement upon consultation with faculty and in conjunction with KIN 240.

Adapted Physical Education Curriculum

By completing the following courses, along with the Subject Matter Credential in Physical Education, a Specialist Credential in Adapted Physical Education can be achieved.

KIN 536Introduction to Adapted Physical Education3
KIN 537Movement for Individuals with Severe Disabilities3
KIN 538Therapeutic Exercise3
KIN 539Motor Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities3
KIN 630Internship in Adapted Physical Education3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Ethnic Studies LD 3 F
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

The roadmaps presented in this Bulletin are intended as suggested plans of study and do not replace meeting with an advisor. For a more personalized roadmap, please use the Degree Planner tool found in your Student Center.

First-Time Student Roadmap

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.