This Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Program prepares students to become physical education and/or adapted physical education teachers in K-12 schools. The program allows qualified students to simultaneously complete the requirements for the Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching, BS , Single Subject Credential in Kinesiology and Teaching, MAT (with optional Spanish bilingual and Adapted Physical Education Authorizations). Students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee. They complete all degrees in less time as compared to completing them separately.
To add a Spanish Bilingual Authorization to this pathway, students simultaneously apply to the Critical Bilingual Authorization (CBA) program. This requires an additional personal essay in their SAGE Scholars application and an interview in Spanish. CBA students also take three credential courses in Spanish, do their student teaching in bilingual classrooms, and attend an extra seminar during their student teaching courses.
The Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA) is partially blended into the Preparation for Teaching, BS, in Kinesiology. To add the APEAA to this pathway, students need to complete an additional APE student teaching course (KNED 189 ). Students are eligible to take this course after they have completed all of the prerequisite APEAA courses with a B or better and have completed or are concurrently completing their PE student teaching. APEAA students are required to complete an additional 150 fieldwork hours organized by the APEAA co-coordinators in community and PK-14 settings and attend the APE seminars during their student teaching course.
Summary of Degree Units
|Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching, BS
|Teaching, MAT + Single Subject Credential
For more information, contact the Program Director Susan Verducci Sandford.
Most native and transfer students will become eligible to apply for the SAGE Scholars program in the Fall semester of Year 3 and enter the pathway during the Spring semester of Year 3. Applications will be processed by the Department of Teacher Education and without an application fee. Students will not need to apply formally for graduate admission if accepted into this program. To be eligibile:
- Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate degree applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of program;
- Students must be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) prior to admission into the program;
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher Note that this is a higher GPA standard than other SAGE Scholars programs; and,
- Students must meet the Master of Art in Teaching and Single Subject Credential admissions requirements.
Students who have reached up to their first semester as classified seniors will remain eligible for entry into the SAGE program. Second semester, senior-level students enrolled in the term they expect to graduate from their baccalaureate degree are not eligible to enter into the SAGE program as these students will not gain the accelerated graduate-level benefit offered through the SAGE blended program option.
Continuation requirements: SAGE Scholars must meet the same requirements to remain in the undergraduate and graduate programs as students in traditional pathways. Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:
- Successfully complete 9 units of graduate coursework in the Secondary Education program;
- Demonstrate aptitude for advanced work in professional education as measured by instructor appraisals, evaluation of previous academic work, recommendation by qualified professionals, or other assessments;
- Meet with a graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study. The MAT degree approved programs are individually designed to meet specific student objectives;
- To enter student teaching, students must have completed the Subject Matter Competency requirements (CSETs or Subject Matter Competency waiver, if applicable). CBA students must pass the CSET-LOTE prior to student teaching;
- To convert to graduate status, students must have completed their 45 hours of pre-professional service in a public school setting: 25(+) in the secondary subject area and up to 20 hours any work with youth;
- To convert to graduate status, students must have completed all lower-division work (including lower and upper-division general education courses and American Institutions courses); and,
- The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MAT degree.
- Students are converted to graduate status when they have completed 120 SAGE program-applicable units. The following University Requirements are satisfied with required courses in the major: GE Area B and SJSU Studies Area S. Alternate courses that may satisfy these requirements are not counted in the calculation of the 120 SAGE program-applicable units.
Graduation requirements: SAGE Scholars must meet the same undergraduate graduation requirements as Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching majors, including University and GE requirements, to be conferred the BS. As graduate students, SAGE Scholars must meet all current graduate program requirements. Upon completion of the credential requirements, students must have achieved a SJSU cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in their graduate work order to be recommended for a credential.
Program Requirements (160 units)
Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching, BS (114 units)
Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).
Major-Specific Graduation Requirements:
Students in this major must complete all courses Major Preparation and Requirements with a “C- or better” to graduate. The following course in Major Preparation must be passed with a “C or better”: KIN 100W
Kinesiology International Experience Requirement: To satisfy the international experience requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (modifications, alternatives or exemptions from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted. Students whose petitions/proposals are approved must enroll in and complete CHHS 198ITL , a 1-unit online seminar course). See advisors in the College of Health and Human Services Success Center for information.
Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization: The Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA) allows an educator to provide students with disabilities a specially designed physical education program as determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Students in the Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching major take 5 of the 6 required APEAA courses; completing these courses will help students to efficiently obtain the APEAA upon completion of their single subject PE credential. If interested in obtaining the APEAA, students should contact the program co-coordinators Dr. Jihyun Lee and Dr. Erin Siebert.
Major Preparation (18 units)
Major Requirements (58 units)
Teaching, MAT + Single Subject Credential in Kinesiology (44 units)
Upon completion of the MAT and credential requirements, students must have achieved a SJSU cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to be recommended for a credential. Completion of the MAT also requires a minimum grade of “C” in all courses taken and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
Spanish Bilingual Authorization: Complete student teaching (EDSC 184X /SSED 184Y /SSED 184Z ) in Spanish bilingual classrooms and attend an extra seminar session in these student teaching classes; and take the three advisor designated courses in Spanish.
Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization (APEAA): Complete APE student teaching (KNED 189 ) in PK-14 settings and attend APE seminar sessions as a part of the student teaching class. Completion of the APEAA also requires a minimum grade of “B” in all prerequisite courses .
Culminating Experience (6 units)
Students must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by completing Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Project), and a presentation on the same at the department’s colloquium, which is held near the end of each fall and spring semester.
Plan A (Thesis): Write a master’s thesis. The thesis will include original research on a topic approved by the thesis committee, and must meet university requirements as stipulated in this catalog and in the SJSU Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines. The thesis identifies the problem, states the major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation. Thesis proposals must be approved by the graduate committee, which is made up of two department faculty and a third faculty member from outside the department. Students enroll in:
Plan B (Project): Complete a master’s project report. A project is a significant undertaking that evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It is described and summarized in a report that includes the project’s significance, objectives, methodology and a conclusion or recommendation. Students enroll in:
Total Units Required (160 units)
Students must complete a minimum of 120 units to satisfy the bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 30 units to satisfy the master’s degree. In order to satisfy these requirements, 4 units of the credential count towards the bachelor’s degree and remaining units of the credential count towards the master’s degree.