Physical Education Aide, Associate in Science

This program is designed for individuals interested in working in the field of physical education. It prepares them for paraprofessional jobs in schools and fitness programs by instructing them in group work, safety, and knowledge of injuries. The Physical Education Aide Associate in Science program also offers a wide variety of sports activity courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply basic principles of safety in a physical education activity.
  • Assist or lead various physical fitness/education activities in a group setting.
  • Apply basic physical training principles in designing fitness training programs including injury prevention.
  • Identify career options in health, physical education and fitness.
  • Analyze how physical, social, emotional, and/or intellectual factors contribute to wellness and healthful living.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ANAT 5Human Biology4
KINS 40Introduction to Kinesiology3
KINS 41Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3
KINS 48Psychology of Fitness and Sport Performance3
Current Red Cross Advanced First Aid Card and CPR Card0
Select one course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Small Group Communication
Select 6 units from the following:6
Fundamentals of Football
Skill Development for Baseball
Skill Development for Basketball - Men
Skill Development for Basketball - Women
Skill Development for Football
Skill Development for Golf
Skill Development for Softball
Skill Development for Tennis
Skill Development for Track and Field
Skill Development for Soccer - Men
Skill Development for Soccer - Women
Competitive Golf
Varsity Athletic Conditioning
Intercollegiate Basketball: Women
Intercollegiate Softball: Women
Intercollegiate Volleyball: Women
Intercollegiate Tennis: Women
Intercollegiate Soccer: Women
Intercollegiate Beach Volleyball: Women
Intercollegiate Football: Men
Intercollegiate Basketball: Men
Intercollegiate Baseball: Men
Intercollegiate Golf: Men
Intercollegiate Soccer: Men
Intercollegiate Track and Field: Women and Men
Intercollegiate Cross Country: Women and Men
Elements of Football I
Orientation for Athletes and Athletics
Core Fitness Training
Distance Training
Aerobic Conditioning
Personal Fitness
Beginning Weight Training
Intermediate Weight Training
Advanced Weight Training
Exercise for Health and Fitness
Core Matwork I
Core Matwork II
Core Matwork III
Core Matwork IV
Tai Chi I
Tai Chi II
Tai Chi III
Tai Chi IV
Yoga I
Yoga II
Yoga III
Yoga IV
Aerobic Fitness I
Aerobic Fitness II
Aerobic Fitness III
Aerobic Fitness IV
Body Sculpting I
Body Sculpting II
Body Sculpting III
Body Sculpting IV
Circuit Training
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques I
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques II
Flexibility and Relaxation Techniques III
Fitness Through Swimming I
Fitness Through Swimming II
Fitness Through Swimming III
Fitness Through Swimming IV
Functional Fitness I
Functional Fitness II
Functional Fitness III
Functional Fitness IV
Triathlon Training I
Triathlon Training II
Triathlon Training III
Golf I
Golf II
Golf III
Golf IV
Tennis I
Tennis II
Tennis III
Tennis IV
Soccer I
Soccer II
Soccer III
Swimming I
Swimming II
Pickleball I
Pickleball II
Pickleball III
Pickleball IV
Competitive Swimming I
Competitive Swimming II
Competitive Swimming III
Competitive Swimming IV
Volleyball I
Volleyball II
Volleyball III
Volleyball IV
Introduction to Basketball
Intermediate Basketball
Intermediate/Advanced Basketball
Advanced Basketball
Martial Arts/Self-Defense I
Martial Arts/Self-Defense II
Additional Requirements38
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

 Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 16 Recommended) 4
KINS 40 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KINS 41 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3
Select 1 unit from the approved list of Major activity courses 1
ANAT 5 Human Biology 4
KINS 48 Psychology of Fitness and Sport Performance 3
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
MPC GE Area C 3
Select 2 units from the approved list of Major activity courses 2
Year 2
MPC GE Area F 3
Select 1 unit from the approved list of Major activity courses 1
Electives (ENGL 2 Recommended) 3
Electives 9
Red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR Certification 0
Select 2 units from the approved list of Major activity courses 2
Electives 12
 Total Units60

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.