Secondary Education

Physical Education Teaching Credential

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject Physical Education Credential. This authorizes the teaching of physical education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, including courses about aquatics, fundamental and creative movement, gymnastics, interscholastic sports, motor development or learning, physical conditioning, sports, and weightlifting.

All Single Subject Credentials include an English Learner-ELAS level, which allows the holder to teach English learners in their subject-matter classrooms. For authorizations to teach in English Language Development (ELD), English as Second Language (ESL), or bilingual classrooms, please see our Bilingual Authorization and CTEL/CLAD Certificate Programs.

For more information about CSUN’s Physical Education Credential program, contact Julie Gainsburg at

Program Pathways

Kinesiology/Physical Education Faculty

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan

Dr. Mark Ryan teaches the Physical Education “methods” course and student-teaching seminars at CSUN. He serves as the Superintendent of the North Valley Military Institute, a grades 6-12 public charter school in Sun Valley, CA. He holds elementary, secondary physical education single subject, administrative, Pupil Personnel Services, and special education credentials, and has been a teacher and administrator in both Catholic and public elementary, middle, and high schools for more than 30 years. He also teaches core courses in the Secondary Education Department at CSUN and has taught at various universities since earning his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Southern California in 2002.