What will I learn?

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) option provides the subject matter preparation required to earn a credential for teaching physical education in California public schools.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in Kinesiology includes two concentrations of K-12 Physical Education Teacher Education and Adapted Physical Education (APE) teacher education. Each of these options is accredited by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

The K-12 PETE concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Physical Education. In addition, prospective physical education teachers are required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students are prepared to effectively plan, teach, and evaluate lessons in a variety of learning experiences that incorporate the California State Standards for Physical Education. Students who pursue this option typically find employment opportunities in public and private elementary, middle school, and high school settings.

Career Possibilities

Physical Educator • Adapted Physical Education Specialist • Sport Coach • High School Athletic Administrator • Educator/Professor • Researcher

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,142.00 per year
Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Health and Human Services

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Boulevard,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 500; Internet-based (iBT) 61

IELTS 5.5 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 43

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.