Program Overview

The Coaching Education Certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives prospective and current coaches the skills to enhance their effectiveness as a coach to sports teams.  Courses are online, meaning students can earn their degree while maintaining a busy career schedule. Courses are also offered during the summer so students won’t have to miss work during the school year.  Students will address a wide range of issues in coaching including aspects in developmental, physical, administrative, and psychological areas.  This program offers 15 credits towards a state certification as well as the coaching requirements for the National Sport and Physical Education program.

Courses include foundations of coaching which explores basic understanding and theory in the science of sports coaching.  Students will also learn about exercise science and sports medicine, which involves prevention, acute care, and recognition of common injuries.  Other topics include sport psychology, where students integrate sports psychology principles to real world activities, and athletic coaching and administration, where students will learn the fundamentals of administration such as leadership, communication, public relations, marketing, finances, and human resources.

This program will provide graduates with vital information that will improve their coaching skills and thus the experience of the pupil.  Graduates will also have more opportunities for career advancement with a master’s degree.  Students can transfer some credits from this program to other Human Performance programs at MSUM as electives.  These programs include Sports Management, Sports Education Pedagogy, and Sport and Exercise Psychology.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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