The objective of this degree is to provide an opportunity for graduate students to further develop their knowledge and understanding in the area of coaching. The program blends field experiences with classroom courses that present cutting edge knowledge in coaching education. The objectives of the curriculum are aligned with those identified in the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE 2006) and NCACE Accreditation Level 5.
The coaching specialization requires an applicant have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution; meet all requirements of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies; and have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants must also have physical education course work in the area of coaching. Examples of courses that are acceptable include: Exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports first aid, physical conditioning, scientific aspects of coaching, sports administration, psychology of coaching, issues in coaching, philosophy of coaching, coaching theory/methods.
A student who does not meet this requirement can be granted conditional admission but is required to complete additional course work as determined after a review of transcripts.