Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science (KRS)

Typical Length 4 years

Delivery Campus-Based

Nationally Accredited



The Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Physical Education Teacher Education (HPETE) program is currently a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), with our next AAQEP full accreditation review scheduled for Spring 2021. The College was nationally accredited from 2001 to 2018 by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

A professional preparation curriculum is provided for students who wish to be licensed to teach health and physical education in grades: K-6 (Elementary), 6-12 (Secondary) or K-12 health and physical education. This health and physical education program is for future professionals who are passionate about contributing to the growth, development, health, fitness and wellness, and lifelong physical activity of all individuals, but especially among youth. The student who majors in this program of study must demonstrate competence in motor skills and achieve and maintain health-related fitness. Additionally, future professionals will gain comprehensive knowledge relative to content in health and physical education including, effective teaching strategies, National and state standards, cultural competence, assessment, and accountability. While this program can lead to teacher licensure, before you can pursue courses for the licensure track, you must be admitted into the licensure track. Although you will leave with teacher certifications, this degree is also marketable to help you pursue a career in youth sport, fitness, and many other opportunities related to health and physical activity.

Common Careers

The primary employers are educational institutions, both public and private, at all levels: K through 12, postsecondary (community colleges and universities). Also, government and private agencies like YMCA, physical activity and nutrition focused non-profits, Club sport organizations, City and County Recreation facilities, etc. 

There is no single job title for kinesiologists who have a specialization in health and physical education, but some examples include: Physical Education Teacher, Health Teacher, Athletic Director, Coach, Resource Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Managers of Fitness and Sport, etc. 

Career and Licensure Information

Once completing an initial teacher licensure program, graduates are eligible to apply for a state license through the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, which will allow the licensee to teach in public and charter schools in the State of Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i also participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement which facilitates the mobility of educators among states that are members of NASDTEC. UHM recommends you contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most current information. See NASDTEC website for more information.

Admissions Requirements

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science follows the UH Mānoa admissions requirements. Please see the general admission website

Licensure Track Admissions Requirements

  • 2.50 Cumulative GPA or higher
  • 2.50 Major Cumulative GPA or higher
  • Complete 55 credits prior to beginning the program. The 55 credits can be from UHM and/or approved transfer credits from another institution.
  • Complete UHM General Education Core Requirements prior to the start of program. Applicants who have completed an articulated Associates of Arts (AA) degree from a UH Community College are considered to have met the UHM General Education Core Requirements with possible exceptions (see an academic advisor).
  • Complete Licensure-Track Prerequisite Courses (minimum grade C- or better)
    • KRS 113 (DB)
    • PHYS 100 or PHYS 151 (highly recommended) or PHYS 170 (DP)
    • PHYS 100L or PHYS 151L (highly recommended) or PHYS 170L (DY)
  • Complete 40 hours of paid or voluntary group leadership field experience with K-12th grade students. The experience cannot have occurred more than 5 years prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Interview with the program
  • Write a personal statement
  • Provide Three (3) Professional References

All applicants are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor prior to applying in order to verify admission requirements. Academic advisors can assist with identifying which requirements have been met and provide support in registering or completing next steps.

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Application Deadlines
Spring Start Deadline Fall Start Deadline
Priority (General) September 1 February 1
Regular (General) October 1 March 1
International Students September 1 January 5


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Delivery & Format

This is an on-campus traditional degree program.


Coursework in both Health and Physical Education provide the foundation of knowledge that is to be applied across several different types of field experiences (e.g., peer teaching, group teaching, and solo teaching). There are a total of 120 credits (in both General Requirements and Academic Major) needed to graduate. For coursework information, review the program sheet.

General Requirement Courses: 31-33 Credits

Students should follow the University General Education (GE) Core requirements, as outlined in the University catalog and in sequence for program. As part of these requirements, the following classes must be completed, with a minimum grade of C-, to meet specific GE core requirements and KRS Prerequisites before admission into the HPETE program:

  • KRS 113 (DB)
  • PHYS 100/100L or 151/151L (Highly Recommended) [Lecture = DP, Lab = DY)]

Academic Major and Related Couses: 83 – 95 credits

Sport Proficiency (6 cr): Min of B- is required

  • KRS 181: Sport Proficiency I
  • KRS 182: Sport Proficiency II

Basic Science (11 cr): Min of C- is required

  • KRS 353: Structural Kinesiology
  • KRS 354: Exercise & Sport Physiology
  • KRS 354L: Exercise & Sport Physiology Lab
  • KRS 463: Sport Biomechanics

Health Education (15 cr): Min of B- Required

  • KRS 302: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • KRS 401: Current Trends in Health
  • KRS 471: K-12 Teaching Methods in Health
  • KRS 484: Drug Abuse, Violence, & Injury Prevention
  • KRS 485: Healthy Sexuality Education K-12

Physical Education (24 cr): Min of B- is Required

  • KRS 270: Intro to Health and Physical Education
  • KRS 271: Performance Based Assessment in Health and PE
  • KRS 371: Teaching  Techniques – Elementary
  • KRS 372: Teaching Techniques II – Secondary
  • KRS 443: Diversity & Disability
  • KRS 470: Fitness for Life
  • KRS 477: Mortor Development & Learning

Professional Education (6 cr): Min of B- is Required

  • EDEP 311: Psychological Foundations
  • KRS 473: Sociocultural Issues in Health and Physical Activity

Professional HPETE (9 cr): Min of B- Required

  • KRS 402 (S): Teaching Practicum
  • KRS 402 (E): Teaching Practicum
  • KRS 404: Teaching Methods in PE

Secondary or Elementary Licensure = 1 Semester (12 cr) K-12 = 2 Semesters (24 cr)

Please note, students who pursue a licensure track must have a min B GPA, current NEA Membership, and First Aid/CPR Certification

  • KRS 405: Teaching Residency
  • KRS 406: Semester in Teaching Residency

For general information please contact:

College of EducationOffice of Student Academic Services (OSAS)
phone: (808) 956-7915

For KRS courses please contact:

Da Houl

Program Specialist/KRS Advisor