Master of Arts in Physical Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential

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Department of Teacher Education: (626) 815-6018

The Master of Arts in Physical Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to teach physical education and coach at the K-12, junior college, and four-year university levels. The Single Subject Teaching Credential may be completed in the subject area of physical education. It includes comprehensive foundations courses emphasizing methods alongside specialization courses providing content required for the California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential, as well as practical classroom and fieldwork experiences and advanced coursework in the emphasis area of physical education. The mode of delivery includes campus-based classes, field experiences, and online courses, but predominantly includes face-to-face courses.

The Master of Arts in Physical Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). All single-subject teachers receive certification to teach in a specific content area through their subject-matter competence, which is achieved either through completion of a CTC-approved subject-matter program in physical education or passage of appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) physical education sub-tests. Upon completion, the credential candidate will have earned both a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential in physical education and a Master of Arts in Physical Education.

Foundation Courses 1
TESP 501Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching3
TESP 511Art of Teaching II: Pedagogy and Instructional Design 3
TESP 502Science of Teaching I: How Students Learn3
TESP 512Science of Teaching II: Effective Assessment Strategies for All Learners3
TESP 503The Soul of Teaching: Finding One’s Place in the Tapestry of American Education3
TESP 504Schools and Educational Systems3
Specialization Courses
TEP 531Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing (7-12)3
TEP 532Secondary Pedagogy I: Teaching in Secondary Schools2
TEP 533The Differentiated Classroom: Maximizing Capacity of Each Learner, Grades 7-123
TEP 534Secondary Pedagogy II: Content-Specific Strategies, Teaching, and Assessment2
TEP 561Clinical Practice I: Single Subject Credential2
TEP 562Clinical Practice II: Single Subject Credential2
Emphasis Core Classes 2
PE 551Curriculum Theory and Design in Physical Education3
PE 582Seminar in Professional Literature in Physical Education and Sport3
Emphasis Teaching/Coaching Courses (complete one)3
Sociological and Ethical Issues in Sport
Athletics and the Law
Leadership and Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs
Sport Psychology
Emphasis Health Science Courses (Complete one)3
Sports Medicine
Advanced Principles of Physical Conditioning
Wellness and Fitness for Life
Final Capstone Courses
PE 584Assessment, Technology, and Evaluation in Physical Education 3,43
PE 589Physical Education and Exercise Science Capstone 3,43
Total Units50

All Foundation Courses must be completed prior to beginning clinical practice.


Graduate physical education students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and may not earn lower than a 2.0 (C) in any PE core or elective course.


Students must earn a "credit" score in PE 584 and a minimum 3.0 (B) in PE 589.


PE 584 and PE 589 must be completed consecutively, during the final two terms of the program, after all other coursework is fulfilled.