Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program


Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP)

The division teacher education program is a one-year program designed to equip students to teach physical education in the public schools. Beginning in the fall semester each year, candidates accepted into the program participate in a combination of coursework, fieldwork, and observational experiences, culminating in the student teaching experiences during the spring semester.

Fall Semester (15 units)

The curriculum for the first semester of the student teaching program is a block of courses integrated with observation and fieldwork. The semester begins and ends on the CSUF academic calendar for the fall semester. During this semester students are in the public school for three class periods a day, four days a week (Monday-Thursday). Two periods are spent observing and assisting the assigned physical education Master Teacher(s) and one period is spent observing other teachers in academic areas outside of physical education (course credit, EDSEC 440F). This observation/assisting period continues for 10 weeks and is coordinated with coursework (KNES 442, EDSEC 410, EDSC 440S). At the end of 10 weeks, students begin co-teaching with their Master Teacher(s) and eventually teach a few lessons on their own (course credit, KNES 449E). Every Friday students meet at their Professional Development District (PDD) for an “in-field” class. This course (EDSEC 440S) is taught by the PDD Coordinator and is composed of all CSUF student teachers from all academic disciplines assigned to that PDD.

Fall Semester Coursework
EDSEC 410 Teaching English Learners in Secondary Schools (3 units)
EDSEC 440S Foundations of Secondary School Teaching (2 units)
EDSEC 440F Supervised Fieldwork in the Secondary School (4 units) 1
KNES 449E Externship in the Secondary School (3 units) 2
KNES 442 Teaching Physical Education (3 units)
1 M-Th first 10-weeks (observation period)
2 M-F last 5-weeks (co-teaching and teaching)

Spring Semester (15 units)

During the spring semester students begin their student teaching assignments. Student teaching begins at the start of the new semester for the school the student has been assigned to. Student teaching ends on the closing date of the school to which the student has been assigned (usually the first or second week in June). The student teaching assignment consists of five periods per day: 3 teaching periods, one planning period, and one conference period (course credit, KNES 449I). CSUF campus coursework consists of a seminar course (KNES 449S) taught Monday evenings, an assessment course (EDSC 460), and any other coursework the student may need to complete the SMPP or a supplementary authorization.

Spring Semester Coursework
EDSC 460 Teaching Performance Assessment Preparation (2)
KNES 449I Student Teaching in the Secondary School (10 units)
KNES 449S Seminar in Secondary Teaching (3 units)


Candidate beginning the program as of Fall 2003 will no longer be required to meet the Clear Credential Requirements, however, they will be required to meet the new 2001 Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs to receive their Professional Clear Credential.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program must meet the following Division requirements (1-3 are also Secondary Education requirements):

  1. Pass the CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test) – Information and registration forms regarding this test can be obtained in CP-540.
  2. Achieve a GPA of 3.00 in the KHS major coursework and a University Cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Complete the CSUF Subject Matter Preparation Program in Physical Education (SMPP-PE).
  4. Documentation of experiences working with youth: Students are expected to have been involved in leadership experiences working with youth prior to formal application to the teaching education program. These experiences can be in a number of setting (e.g., coaching, camp counselor, youth recreation leader, etc.) and can either be self-designed or completed through enrollment in KNES 494 Practicum or KNES 495 Internship. A superior must evaluate all experiences and a letter of recommendation must be submitted to the division secretary for inclusion in your file. Each letter of recommendation should include at least: job description/responsibilities, number of hours/weeks etc., and evaluation of your service.
  5. Each candidate that meets the requirements above (1-4) will participate in an interview conducted by a combination of CSUF faculty and local public school teachers/administrators to evaluate verbal communication skills.

Application and Candidate Review Process

Students interested in applying for admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education Program do so through Secondary Education. An application packet can be picked up in CP-540

Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP)

Academic Advising

Students are urged to consult with one of the Division Teacher Education Academic Advisors (Dr. Laguna, Dr. Marrttinen, Dr. Patterson or Dr. Sherman) during their first semester on campus.

Department of Kinesiology

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room KHS-121,
Phone: (657) 278-3316
Fax: (657) 278-5317

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