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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.

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Key Facts



() Physical Education


Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

September 2022

Degree Overview

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.

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

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.

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.

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.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.