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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Credential Programs in Physical Education

California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential Programs in Physical Education (K-12)

A physical education credential enables you to teach elementary, middle school and high school physical education. The credential has two major parts - content and pedagogy (or physical education & teaching). In order to demonstrate subject matter competency you must complete prescribed courses in your field. You can typically do this by completing a degree with an emphasis in Physical Education from an approved and accredited California institution of higher education.

Alternatively if you have a degree in a related area of Kinesiology (Exercise Science, Fitness, etc.,) you can have your transcripts reviewed to determine which courses you would need to take to meet the subject matter competency (typically these are pedagogy/education related courses).

Finally you can pass all parts of the CSET Physical Education examination (Passing all parts of the CSET is not required to enter the credential program. However you must pass all parts of the CSET - Physical Education (single subject) in order to enroll in EDSS 450P which is a pre-requisite for student teaching.

California schools often teach a variety of activities so the credential requires you to demonstrate breadth and depth in the content area. As you look at the list of required courses, you will see that you are required to complete lower division activity courses and upper division content courses. For the CSET examination, the content assessed basically replicates the coursework content of a typically Physical Education Teacher Education undergraduate program. Information related to the CSET examination process can be found at the bottom of the FAQ page of this web site.

The professional education courses will help you learn how to teach. In these courses you will learn about methodology and classroom management in the physical education setting. You will also learn about today's schools and how you can most effectively impact the diversity of students you will find there.

See the bulletin board outside HHS2 - rooms 207, 214, 218 for further information about the program, job opportunities, upcoming events and deadlines.

For answers to questions regarding the Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential Programs in Physical Education, contact Emyr Williams, Ph.D.


Physical Education Credential Web site (link)

Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential link to learn more about APE program

(code 490)

This program is designed for students interested in the administration and implementation of physical activity programs for persons with disabilities. Completion of this credential authorizes the California Adapted Physical Education Specialist Teaching Credential.


1. Bachelor’s degree with a teaching major in Kinesiology;

2. Must be obtained concurrently or after completion of the Single Subject Physical Education Teaching Credential, K-12;

3. KIN 320, 387, 388, 427, 489 A (6 units); EDSP 350; Select two courses from: EDP 405, EDSP 563;  KIN 526, KIN 538, KIN 546, LING 151

Contact Information

For answers to questions regarding the Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential, contact Barry Lavay, Ph.D.