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Coaching Minor

Participation in athletics is afforded prominence in the educational and developmental process. The nature of the experience gained from participation in an athletic program is strongly influenced by the qualifications and experiences of the coach. The Coaching Minor is intended to enable individuals to coach effectively and safely in school, community-youth, and adult sports programs. At MSU, Coaching is a minor, not a major. The Department of Kinesiology administers the Coaching Minor. Enrollment in the minor is available to all undergraduates, and participation by students from other disciplines is welcomed. The educational objectives of the coaching minor are for students to acquire:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the growth and development of athletes.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the medical, legal, psychological, social, biological, physical, theoretical, and technical aspects of coaching.

Adding the Coaching Minor requires approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program. Students wishing to take advantage of the Coaching Minor should discuss their intentions with their major academic adviser. Completion of the minor will appear on the student’s transcript.

If students are unable to complete the minor or do not have time to add it before graduating, there is an online Sport Coaching and Leadership Graduate Certificate option based in the Department of Kinesiology's Youth Sports Institute:  http://www.educ.msu.edu/ysi/online.htm

To add the minor and ensure it appears on the transcript, students must complete the Addition of Coaching Minor form no later than the semester BEFORE graduation. Required course work does not have to be completed prior to adding the minor to the academic record. Completed forms can be submitted via email to any Kinesiology advisor OR dropped off in 134 Erickson Hall. An advising appointment is not necessary. Email for clarification: tratt@msu.edu.

Requirements

  1. To have the minor appear on a transcript, a minimum of 18 credits must be completed.
  2. There is no enrollment process for the Coaching Minor. Students take the classes any time during their undergraduate experience.
  3. To add the minor, a form must be completed BEFORE applying for graduation. The form will direct the Registrar's Office to place a code on the academic record. The minor will then be added to transcript once classes have been completed.
  4. Students should download the Coaching Minor form and submit the completed form to the Student Affairs Office in 134 Erickson Hall.
  5. Students who have not signed a form and are graduating in this current semester can still apply to have the minor added. They will need to reapply for graduation once the form is complete and the code shows up in StuInfo.
  6. For questions, email Amy Tratt, Undergraduate Kinesiology Advisor: tratt@msu.edu.

REQUIRED COURSEWORK:

1. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

Course Number Title Credits
KIN 173 Foundations in Kinesiology 3
       
KIN 216 Applied Human Anatomy   3
or      
ANTR 350   Human Gross Anatomy          3
KIN 345 Sport & Exercise Psychology  3
KIN 360 Physical Growth & Motor Development 3
KIN 400 Principles of Coaching I                                      4
KIN 401 Principles of Coaching II   4
TOTAL
20

2. ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES – 2 credits

Course Number Title Credits

KIN

KIN

300A

300C

Coaching Baseball

Coaching Soccer

2

2

KIN 300D Coaching Basketball 2
KIN 300E Coaching Football 2
KIN 402 Coaching for Strength & Conditioning 2
KIN 490 Independent Study* 2
KIN 494 Fieldwork* 2
*Content of KIN 490/494 must focus on coaching  
 

 

 

3. CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION

these two certifications must be earned through a reputable source for CPR and First Aid training. Certification must be current at the time of graduation. KIN125 (3 credits) will also satisfy this requirement.

TOTAL CREDITS:     22-25