The Department of Kinesiology offers coursework to complete the Subject Matter Preparation Program in Physical Education (SMPP-PE) for obtaining a Single Subject Credential (K-12) in Physical Education. In place of the six-unit performance course requirements within the major, students completing the SMPP-PE must take all four professional development courses (KNES 240, KNES 241, KNES 242, KNES 243). A grade-point average of 3.0 in the major and a GPA of at least 2.75 overall or in the last 60 units attempted is expected for admission to the fifth-year teacher education program.
Additional Requirements: Subject Matter Preparation Program in Physical Education
The department offers guidance for students considering a teaching career. Prospective students should consult with the Teacher Education Coordinator as early as possible in order to plan and acquire needed experiences prior to entry into the Teacher Education Program. The university program for meeting basic requirements for the teaching credential with a specialization in Physical Education can be found elsewhere in this catalogue (see Teaching Credential Programs).
Admission to Teacher Education
Applications to the Teacher Education Program must be submitted by Feb. 28 each year. A screening committee evaluates candidates’ qualifications based on kinesiology GPA, cumulative GPA, required SMPP-PE coursework, experiences with children and adolescents, and achieving a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST). In addition, the candidate must be available for a personal interview by the Kinesiology Teacher Education Committee.
Acceptance into the program allows the candidate to enroll in the following Fall-Spring semester sequence: