Welcome to the PETE Blended Program!

In the Department of Kinesiology the Option in Physical Education and Teacher Education is referred to as the “PETE Blended program.” It comprises 121-145 semester units of course work which includes all GE requirements, as well as the courses directly related to subject matter (skills and knowledge) and teaching methods. If you fulfill all the course work and requirements of the PETE Blended program you will have a preliminary California teaching credential (two years of on-the-job mentoring is required by the state to get any clear teaching credential) which enables you to teach K-12 Physical Education. In addition you will be prepared to teach English language learners in your classroom.

The PETE program philosophy is congruent with the University’s vision for intensive, high-quality learning environments, cutting edge learning and information resources, intellectual rigor, and moral development. Furthermore, the program coincides with the University’s concept of a well-prepared teacher. This view of prospective teachers includes preparation of:

  • Effective public school teachers who will be ready to serve a diverse population of learners based on demographic changes in California.
  • Informed and reflective teachers who can link theory and practice.
  • Teachers who are knowledgeable and skillful agents of change who insure that schools are places where California’s future is shaped.
  • Teachers who understand the developmental nature of learners in a pluralistic, democratic society.
  • Teachers who value lifelong learning and are committed to personal growth and development.

PETE graduates are educated to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all students, with the ultimate goal to help these students become physically active for the rest of their lives. The program helps prospective teachers meet the individual needs of students. It gives future teachers the tools they need to encourage lifetime participation in physical activity, which in turn helps develop fitness and wellness in California’s youth. In addition, the program prepares prospective teachers to advance state and national standards for physical education (the California Framework and Challenge Standards as well as the National Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE] standards).

The PETE Blended program requires 121-145 semester units (including GE requirements, some overlapping of courses is possible, ask your adviser) of course work leading to a BA in Kinesiology and a preliminary teaching credential. Once you have chosen to major in the PETE program, assistance and guidance are provided by faculty advisers, staff counselors and/or graduate student advisers.

The Kinesiology Department also offers students an opportunity to earn an Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential. In order to complete the specialist credential in Adapted Physical Education, students must obtain a credential that authorizes them to teach physical education. An adapted specialist credential allows future physical education teachers to instruct individuals with disabilities in the public schools. The Optional Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential is comprised of 17 additional semester units. If you are interested in an Adapted Physical Education Specialist Credential, ask your adviser or make an appointment to see Dr. Rebecca Lytle.


Cathrine Himberg PhD

Office: Yolo 253
(530) 898-5239