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Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences
209.946.2209
Main Gymnasium
Miguel Medrano
Administrative Assistant
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
mmedrano@pacific.edu

Bachelor of Arts in Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences with a Concentration in Sport Pedagogy

The goals of the Sport Pedagogy program are directly related to the aims of the NASPE Standards, California Standards and InTASC standards

Principles the Program Values:

The following principles are used to inform the creation of program philosophy, goals, student competencies, assessment and evaluation procedures, and program evaluation.

1.  Competency-based education - Focuses on the achievement of professionally relevant skills as delineated by pertinent professional organizations and governing bodies.

2.  Evidence-based practice - Across the curriculum students are exposed to research driven course design, instructional strategies, and assignments, wherein students will understand the importance of evidence-based practice.

3.   Depth and breadth of understanding of kinesiology sub-disciplines is cultivated and stressed across the curriculum.

4.  Experiential Learning - Students must develop the skills to effectively serve clientele, communities, and the kinesiology profession. Situating learning experiences in real world environments helps to cultivate the skills necessary for students to act as change agents.

5.  Student as Professional in Training - The program emphasizes professionalism, self-awareness, accountability, reflection, and personal growth.  

Program Philosophy:
The Sport Pedagogy major is created to provide each student with the needed content knowledge and pedagogical skills to become a certified physical educator and coach.  The program is based on pertinent national and state content standards ensuring that students are exposed to the most relevant coursework.  This innovative, research-based curriculum prepares students teach a variety of sport, health-related fitness and recreation activities.  Students will have a variety of teaching and coaching field experiences at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

Curriculum Structure:
The program is a 4-year program where students will exit with their B.A. in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences with an emphasis in Sport Pedagogy and the ability to apply for their California physical education teacher credential. Upon admission into the program students will complete an additional 48 units in the major to be able to qualify for graduation and apply for the teaching credential.  The Students must pass the CBEST and CSET state credential exam prior to student teaching.  Beyond classroom teaching, students will have experiential learning opportunities in the public schools.  The program contains numerous experiential learning opportunities throughout all levels, with student teaching being culminating school-based practicum.  A professional teaching portfolio, aligned with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Initial Teaching Standards, will be created and developed through out every Sport Pedagogy program.  All courses must be completed prior to the student teaching practicum.  The program will take at least 6 semesters to complete. Please note that several courses are required to take each semester to ensure satisfactory progress toward graduation.  See Program Curriculum Map and Catalog for more details.

Three areas of emphasis of professional study are available in the Sport Pedagogy Program: Physical Education Teacher Education, Coaching Science, and Fitness Concentration.

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE): This emphasis is designed to provide students with the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge to become a certified physical educator and coach.  Students will be equipped with the skills and hands-on experiences to promote life-long physical activity. Students will gain confidence and competence in their ability to improve the health, physical ability, social skills, and general well being of individuals from Pre-Kindergarten through adulthood. Coursework in this option prepares students to earn their Single-Subject California Teaching Credential.     Note: Due to policy changes from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the Physical Education Teacher Education emphasis is periodically reviewed to meet current state and national standards.  

Coaching Science: This emphasis is designed to provide students with the necessary content and pedagogical knowledge to become a sport coach.  This emphasis focuses on the professional knowledge, sport science knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and social skills needed to be an effective coach at the interscholastic and collegiate levels.   Note: Due to policy changes from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the Coaching Science emphasis is periodically reviewed to meet current national standards.   Students must also complete courses within liberal studies and adjunct courses. The adjunctive courses for the Physical Education Teacher Education emphasis are Education courses. Fitness students are required to take courses within Biology, Chemistry and Math.  The Coaching Science emphasis requires students to take courses within the Computer Science and Communication programs.    The Physical Education, Coaching, and Fitness degree requirements also include completion of two internship experiences in selected educational, sport and fitness settings; as well as numerous fieldwork experiences associated with core coursework.   

Fitness: This emphasis combines study in the biological and exercise sciences with pedagogical theory, and builds skills for careers in a variety of fitness related professions.  Students are eligible for certification through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and National Strength and Conditioning Association following completion of the degree.    Note: Due to policy changes from pertinent governing bodies the Fitness emphasis is periodically reviewed to meet current national standards.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

Effective Communication

Our graduates will demonstrate communication (verbal, non-verbal, written, and digital) strategies that result in respectful, rational, clear, and effective information exchange.  

Critical Thinking and Deliberate Action - Our graduates will demonstrate reflective judgment that manifests itself in reasoned consideration of evidence, context, methods, and standards for the purpose of deciding what to believe or what to do.   

Professional Behavior and Ethical Reasoning - Our graduates will demonstrate a commitment to professional responsibilities and behavior as well as the ability to comprehend, analyze, and apply ethical dimensions into practice.   

Integration of Foundational Knowledge into Practice - Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific and theoretical basis of Kinesiology, and the ability to apply knowledge to clinical/field-based settings.  

Assessment and Evaluation - Graduates will demonstrate the ability to effectively assess, evaluate, and improve classroom and clinical performance, as well as the ability to retrieve, analyze, and apply data to enhance the impact of one's pedagogical practice.  

Physical Literacy - Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to move with competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities.

Note: All students must obtain a clear Live Scan background check and a negative TB test. 


The content posted here may not be up to date. Please see the latest General Catalog for current degree requirements and course listings.)

I. General Education Requirements
Minimum 42 units and 12 courses, including:

  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar I: What is a Good Society?
  • PACS 002 Pacific II Topical Seminar
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar III: The Ethics of Family, Work, and Citizenship

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 16 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

  • The Individual and Society
    • IA. Individual and Interpersonal Behavior
    • IB. U.S. Studies
    • IC. Global Studies
  • Human Heritage
    • IIA. Literature, Letters and Language
    • IIB. Fundamental Human Concerns
    • IIC. Practice and Perspective in the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Natural World and Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIA. Life and Physical Laboratory Sciences
    • IIIB. Formal Systems of Thought
    • IIIC. Science, Technology, and Society
      or a second Life and Physical Laboratory Science


Note: 1) A complete list of the courses that satisfy the subdivisions above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog and the online course search. 2) No more than two courses from a discipline may be applied to meet the requirements of the general education program.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement
a. One year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.
Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Fundamental Skills
Demonstrate competence in: 

  1. Math
  2. Language

Note: 1) A detailed description of how you can satisfy the fundamental skills above can be found in the front General Education section of this catalog.

IV. Breadth Requirement
Complete 64 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline (Including general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

V. Major Requirements
Sport Pedagogy Core Requirements:

Minimum 37 units including:  

Note: 1) All Physical Education Teacher Education, Coaching Science, and Fitness students are required to take the following courses.  

HESP 129 Principle of Exercise 4 units
HESP 131 Assessment and Evaluation 4 units
HESP 133 Kinesiology 4 units
HESP 141 Sport, Culture, & US Society 4 units
HESP 153 Adapted Physical Education and Sport 4 units
HESP 155 Motor Learning and Development 3 units
HESP 161 Biomechanics 4 units
HESP 187d Sport Pedagogy Internship I 2 units
HESP 187e Sport Pedagogy Internship II 4 units
BIO 011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 units

VI. Major Requirements for Physical Education Teacher Education Emphasis:

Minimum 46 units, including:

HESP 120 Instructional Strategies and Methods 4 units
HESP 121 Analysis of Team & individual Sports 3 units
HESP 123 Analysis of Non-Traditional Sports 3 units
PHIL 127 Philosophy of Sport 4 units
HESP 139 Exercise Psychology 4 units
HESP 151 Elementary Physical Education 3 units
HESP 152 Secondary Physical Education 4 units
HESP 159 Health Optimizing Physical Education 3 units
EDUC 130 Technology Enhanced Learning 2 units
Minimum of 2 activity classes 2 units
POLS 41 US Government & Politics 4 units
EDUC 140 Transformational Teaching & Learning 4 units
EDUC 156 Content Area Literacy Development 3 units
EDUC 166 Teaching English Learners 3 units

In addition to these classes, the following must be completed prior to student teaching: Opening of Teacher Credential file (fee payable to Benerd School of Education) Certificate of Clearance (fee payable),  CBEST examination (fee payable), and CSET examination (fee payable).                                          

Students will have two options for completing the student teaching/professional practice. 1) Students can complete the requirements for student teaching as part of the four-year degree plan. 2)  Students can complete the requirements for student teaching as part of an accelerated master's degree program offered through the Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences department and in conjunction with the Benerd School of Education.

VII. Major Requirements for Coaching Science Emphasis:

Minimum 36 units, including:

Pick 2 of the following: HESP 101, HESP 169, HESP 139 8 units
Pick 1 of the following: HESP 121, HESP 123 3 units
HESP 135 Exercise Metabolism 4 units
HESP 143 Prevention and Care of Injury and Illness 4 units
HESP 160 Principles of Coaching 3 units
HESP 165 Legal Aspects of HESP 4 units
COMM 027 Public Speaking 3 units
COMM 043 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3 units
COMP 025 Computer and Information Processing 4 units
ACTY 021 Weight Training 1 unit

VIII. Major Requirements for Fitness Emphasis:

Minimum of 37 units, including:

Pick 2 of the following: HESP 101, HESP 169, HESP 139 8 units
HESP 135 Exercise Metabolism 4 units
HESP 143 Prevention and Care of Injury and Illness 4 units
HESP 147 Exercise Physiology I 4 units
HESP 160 Principles of Coaching 3 units
HESP 165 Legal Aspects of HESP 4 units
CHEM 023 Elements of Chemistry 4 units
Math 035 Elementary Statistical Inference 4 units
ACTY Weight Training 2 units

Employment opportunities following completion of the major include, but are not limited to, credentialed teacher, sport coach, group exercise instructor, water safety instructor, strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, physical activity coordinator, corporate fitness manager and other allied health and wellness professions.   This concentration also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of subject matters. These include, but are not limited to, physical education teacher education, coaching, kinesiology, sport pedagogy, public health, coordinated school health, exercise science, and strength and conditioning.