Education: K-12 Education, Kinesiology (BA)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Kinesiology
Concentration: K-12 Teaching
Program Code: 3137

About This Major . . .

Students will be prepared to teach elementary, middle, and high school physical education.  The degree plan includes coursework covering human anatomy and physiology, team and individual sports, exercise science, and teaching methods courses.  Students will gradually accumulate over 200 hours of classroom experience before beginning student teaching.  School districts throughout western Colorado provide opportunities to gain experience with children of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of school settings.

Before being admitted into the Teacher Education program, the following courses must be completed with a grade of B or better: 

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO1 13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO2 13
PSYC 233Human Growth and Development-GTSS33
EDUC 115What It Means To Be An Educator1
EDUC 215Teaching as a Profession1

English honors may be substituted for ENGL 111 and ENGL 112.

A grade of C or better is required for MATH 110.  Also, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (including transfer and CMU coursework) is required of all students for admission into the program.

Important information about this program:

  • Students must maintain a 2.80 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • All other coursework toward the degree must be successfully completed prior to the internship.
  • Kinesiology licensure students must pass the Praxis II content exam prior to student teaching (fee required).
  • Students must have ENGL 111 ENGL 112(or ENGL 219), PSYC 233, EDUC 115, EDUC 215 (All with grade of “B” or higher) and MATH 110 or higher (with grade of “C” or higher) and formal acceptance to the Teacher Education Program.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource. 

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Kinesiology Outcome 1: Apply scientific concepts that relate to the development of physically educated individuals. (Critical Thinking)
  2. Kinesiology Outcome 2: Consistently display competent motor skills and fitness levels. (Applied Learning)
  3. Kinesiology Outcome 3: Plan and teach developmentally appropriate standard based lesson plans. (Specialized Knowledge)
  4. Kinesiology Outcome 4: Demonstrate teaching skills and strategies that improve learning for all student abilities. (Communication Fluency)
  5. Kinesiology Outcome 5: Use a variety of assessments and feedback procedures to foster student learning. (Applied Learning, Quantitative Fluency)
  6. Kinesiology Outcome 6: Engage in behaviors that reflect professional ethics, professional growth, and advocacy of physical education. (Applied Learning)
  7. Teacher Education Outcome 1: Demonstrate mastery of major area’s content knowledge and pedagogical strategies through fieldwork with learners in professional settings. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  8. Teacher Education Outcome 2: Design and establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  9. Teacher Education Outcome 3: Plan and deliver effective instruction to students, based on research-based pedagogical practices. (Communication Literacy/Information Literacy)
  10. Teacher Education Outcome 4: Collect and analyze student assessment data and use results to inform planning and instruction. (Quantitative Fluency)
  11. Teacher Education Outcome 5: Demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 2
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 233Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 33
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 4
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “B” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


Must receive a grade of “C” or better, must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


Must receive a grade of “B” or better.


One course must include a lab.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity Course 11
Select one Activity Course 11
Essential Learning Capstone 2
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours7

KINA 101/ KINA 102 are recommended for students with limited swimming skills.


Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(7 semester hours)

BIOL 209Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 209LHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory1
KINE 265Emergency Care3
Total Semester Credit Hours7

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(70 semester hours, must maintain a 2.80 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area and earn a grade of "B" or better in all EDUC courses.)

Required Core Courses
KINE 200Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINE 213Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription3
KINE 303
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
KINE 309Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINE 401Organization, Management, and Legal Liabilities for Youth Fitness Programs3
KINE 494Kinesiology Senior Seminar1
Required Concentration Courses
KINE 211Methods of Lifetime, Individual, and Dual Activities3
KINE 214Methods of Team Activities3
KINE 251Water Safety Instructor Course3
KINE 256Methods of Creative Play, Dance, Gymnastics, and Literacy3
KINE 260School Health Education3
KINE 301Health and Fitness Assessment3
KINE 320Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools (10 field experience hours)3
KINE 360Motor Learning3
KINE 480Inclusive Physical Activity3
KINE 408Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Secondary Schools (10 field experience hours)3
KINE 497Pre-Internship in Physical Education (120 field experience hours) 23
K-12 Licensure Requirements 1
EDUC 115What It Means To Be An Educator (8 field experience hours)1
EDUC 215Teaching as a Profession (12 field experience hours)1
EDUC 342Pedagogy and Assessment: Secondary and K-12 (20 field experience hours)3
EDUC 343Teaching to Diversity (20 field experience hours)3
EDUC 499DTeaching Internship and Colloquia: Elementary for K-12 (300 field experience hours)6
EDUC 499HTeaching Internship and Colloquia: Secondary for K-12 (300 field experience hours)6
Other Requirements
CPR card must be current upon graduation
Praxis II Exam Passed
Total Semester Credit Hours70

All EDUC prefix courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better to progress through and complete the program sequence. Students must PASS the PRAXIS II exam in the content area prior to commencing the internship. Also, ALL other coursework toward the degree must be successfully completed prior to the internship. 


KINE 497 must be completed with a grade of "B" or better prior to the internship.

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 5 semester hours.

Select electives (see recommendations below)5
Total Semester Credit Hours5
Suggested Electives
KINE 203Human Nutrition3
KINE 307Philosophy and Psychology of Coaching3
KINE 370
and Biomechanics Laboratory
KINE 335Sport in Society3
KINE 342Sport Law and Recreation Risk Management3
KINE 403Advanced Strength and Conditioning3
KINE 405Sports Nutrition3
KINA courses on outdoor activities

While the sequencing below culminates in a total of 118-125 semester credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as required for completion of the degree, including satisfactory completion of all required courses. Plan to complete requirements with varying hour options accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINE 200 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
Essential Learning - History 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
KINE 213 Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription 3
BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
EDUC 115 What It Means To Be An Educator 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
KINE 211 Methods of Lifetime, Individual, and Dual Activities 3
KINE 260 School Health Education 3
PSYC 233 Human Growth and Development-GTSS3 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
EDUC 215 Teaching as a Profession 1
KINA Activity 1
KINE 214 Methods of Team Activities 3
KINE 256 Methods of Creative Play, Dance, Gymnastics, and Literacy 3
KINE 265 Emergency Care 3
General Elective (if needed) 0-1
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
KINE 309 Anatomical Kinesiology 3
KINE 360 Motor Learning 3
KINE 480 Inclusive Physical Activity 3
KINE 401 Organization, Management, and Legal Liabilities for Youth Fitness Programs 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
KINA Activity 1
KINE 251 Water Safety Instructor Course 3
KINE 301 Health and Fitness Assessment 3
KINE 303
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
KINE 320 Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools 3
General Elective (if needed) 0-3
 Semester Credit Hours14-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
EDUC 342 Pedagogy and Assessment: Secondary and K-12 3
EDUC 343 Teaching to Diversity 3
KINE 408 Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Secondary Schools 3
KINE 494 Kinesiology Senior Seminar 1
KINE 497 Pre-Internship in Physical Education 3
Elective (if needed) 0-3
 Semester Credit Hours13-16
Spring Semester
EDUC 499D Teaching Internship and Colloquia: Elementary for K-12 6
EDUC 499H Teaching Internship and Colloquia: Secondary for K-12 6
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours118-125

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.