The Certificate in Coaching Education is designed to respond to the critical need for quality coaches. Coaches can positively impact young lives by showing athletes the value of teamwork, the benefits of hard work, and how a good strategy can lead to results on and off the field. The program of study prepares prospective coaches on how to work with athletes at various age and ability levels, from physical preparation to understanding the emotional, social, and cognitive needs of athletes. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviors necessary for an entry level coaching professional in schools, sports clubs, community programs, colleges, or other athletic organizations.
The Certificate in Coaching Education curriculum is based on the National Standards for Sport Coaching issued by SHAPE America and involves aspects of physical education pedagogy, health promotion, injury prevention, and kinesthetic principles of preparing athletes for performance. The curriculum includes advanced sport-specific coaching methodology courses and a required coaching practicum in a sport setting. All students will complete a 12-credit hour core and choose two sport specific advanced coaching methods courses for a total of 18 credit hours.