Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a Coaching Education Certificate through the Department of Kinesiology and the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. The courses involved in this program would be beneficial to coaches, teachers, and administrators who are involved or interested in learning about coaching, athletics, leadership, and sport sciences.

Within this program, students will participate in three 3-semester hour courses that focus on sociological, psychological, legal, administrative, and physical issues within coaching amateur athletes. The courses students will take are Sport Law for Coaches and Administrators (KIN 854), Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (KIN 855), and Physical Bases of Coaching (KIN 856). Within KIN 854, students will learn about the responsibilities and obligations of those who work as athletic administrators, coaches, recreational program directors, and school administrators. In KIN 855, students will explore psychological, philosophical, developmental, sociological, and instructional fundamentals for coaching athletes. KIM 856 will give information on basic elements in physiology, sports medicine, anatomy, and biomechanics involved in coaching athletes. KIN 854 is offered in the Spring semester, KIN 855 in the Fall semester, and KIN 856 in the Summer semester.

This is a fully online program, so students may choose the pace at which they complete courses. However, students will enter each semester as a cohort, which means they will be taking classes with a group of their peers. The benefit to this is students can communicate with each other through chat rooms and other activities that will help them learn needed material.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.

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