The program is designed for you to start in any semester which you choose to begin your graduate journey. You can be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student and are encouraged to start (or continue) your coaching endeavor while completing your M.A in Athletic Coaching.
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Required Course Work (22 Credits):
HFS 500 Principles of Coaching (2 credits) - This course is designed to promote critical thinking, problem solving and use of current training and teaching theories for best practice in coaching across all levels, to promote athlete's growth, development, and learning, while teaching age-appropriate skills.
HFS 502 Research Methods (2 credits) - This course is designed for coaches to develop an understanding of the relationship between research and the practice of coaching.
HFS 510 Legal Aspects of Sport (2 credits) - In today's legal landscape, coaches and administrators need to understand the issues of law that affect their current or prospective employment. Legal concerns will be inextricably linked to his/her managerial responsibilities.
HFS 512 Ethics in Sport (2 credits) - This course focuses on normative theories of moral reasoning, ethical and unethical behavior in sport. Issues addressed in the class will include moral considerations of sport, sportsmanship, use of drugs, and equality in sport (gender, race, ability).
HFS 520 Psychology of Coaching (4 credits) - Sport psychology principles are applied to provide an in-depth understanding of the psychology of coaching practices for optimal athletic development and performance, as well as predicting behavior within the sport environment.
HFS 522 Sociology of Coaching (2 credits) - This course examines the sociological factors that practitioners need to understand in order to be successful and knowledgeable when coaching individuals & teams in various environments.
HFS 530 Athletic Administration (2 credits) - This course will explore concepts related to planning, organizing, directing, controlling, budgeting, leading, & evaluating within the context of sport or physical activities.
HFS 532 Leadership in Athletics (2 credits) - This course reviews contemporary theories related to management & leadership, & discusses their application to sports coaching.
HFS 599 Capstone/Directed Research (4 credits) - This is the capstone that can be experiential in nature, or theoretically based.
Program Electives (10 Credits):
- HFS 540 Athletic Finance (2 credits)
- HFS 542 Special Events and Facility Management (2 credits)
- HFS 550 Sport Medicine and Performance (2 credits)
- HFS 552 Theory and Applied Practice of Strength and Conditioning (2 credits)
- HFS 554 Advanced Practice of Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (2 credits)
- HFS 560 Theory of Coaching Team Sports (2 credits)
- HFS 562 Theory of Coaching Individual Sports (2 credits)
Total Credits: 32
- Limited Graduate Assistantships available
- Limited Internship positions available
- Scholarship opportunities available