Physical Education

Mike Wright, KINS 143

Mike Wright, Kinesiology 143, Analysis of Field Sports

 Spring 2014 Physical Education graduates

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Units required for Major: 57
All of which must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Minimum total units for the BS: 120

Note: Additional units may be required to meet the Sacramento State foreign language requirement.

Physical Education Options

The physical education concentration offers two unique pathways leading our graduates to the essential skills, knowledge and dispositions for their chosen career path. 

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Option
Physical Activity, Conditioning, Coaching (PACC) Option

Advising Form
Minor, Coaching

Program Description

The physical education concentration is designed with two options: the first option, Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), prepares students for a teaching career in physical education. The student who completes the program in physical education will have the breadth and depth of knowledge regarding developmentally appropriate physical education. The PETE option provides students with the coursework for both subject matter content and pedagogy for teaching physical education at the K-12 level. Students who choose this option will then have the opportunity to attain their Single Subject Physical Education California Teaching Credential, an additional two semester program through the Department of Teacher Education at Sacramento State.

The second option, Physical Activity Conditioning and Coaching (PACC) prepares students for a career in a variety of movement settings, other than the traditional physical education teaching career. These movement settings include club and high school athletics, in the fields of coaching, conditioning, and administration. The PACC option does not meet the standards for subject matter preparation and the PACC student would need to complete additional coursework to qualify for admission to pursue the Physical Education Teaching Credential at Sacramento State and other institutions.

The student who completes the PETE or PACC option will understand the aesthetics of movement and human performance and the meaningfulness of physical activity in lifelong learning. Additionally, the student will gain knowledge of the historical and philosophical factors that relate to performance, fitness and wellness.

PACC/PETE graduates also find the following career paths of interest:

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Personal Trainer

Fitness Center Owner or Manager

Kinesiology Department Administrator

Kinesiology Researcher

Strength and Conditioning Professional

Health Promotion Specialist

Fitness Specialist

Sport Instructor


Strength and Conditioning Director

Sport Psychologist

Sport Administrator

Sport Marketer

Media and Public Relations Specialist

Professional Scout

Sport Event Manager

Sport Journalist

Sport Facility Operations Manager

Kinesiology Professor

Sport official

Group Exercise Instructor


Aquatic Therapist