Department of Kinesiology. Graduate students have opportunities to develop their teaching, coaching, and professional practice skills through volunteer work and course work in the Department of Kinesiology. Students should consult with their advisors about readiness for such experiences.
Ph.D. students may enroll in KIN 980 - Issues in Teaching Undergraduate Kinesiology and KIN 981 - Mentored Teaching in Undergraduate Kinesiology to prepare for future roles as university faculty members.
Ph.D. students may gain teaching experience by volunteering to help teach all or part of a KIN undergraduate course under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Similarly, M.S. students may volunteer to help with a BIP course involving sports skills, healthy lifestyle, etc. Interested students should contact the course instructor.
KIN graduate students may engage in teaching experiences for academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study.
Teaching Assistant Program (TAP). The purpose of TAP is to improve graduate student professional development and undergraduate instruction by providing a wide variety of resources and services in support of the teaching and learning development of all MSU teaching assistants.
Certificate in College Teaching. This certificate is an initiative of the Graduate School, in partnership with departments and colleges, to enhance the quality of teaching of graduate students who intend to be professors in higher education.
Lilly Seminars. The Lilly seminar series focuses on innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment at the university level.
Online Graduate Coaching Education Program. This program consists of three 3-semester hour online courses that address legal, administrative, psychological, sociological, and physical issues as they relate to the coaching of amateur athletes. After successful completion of all three courses, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded.
In addition, KIN graduate students may engage in coaching experiences for academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study.
Sport psychology services. Many sport psychology graduate students work with athletes and teams who are affiliated with MSU or community agencies under the supervision of Dr. Marty Ewing and Dr. Larry Lauer . These experiences are restricted to students with appropriate qualifications. Students may volunteer, or they may earn academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study .
Student-athlete development. Students interested in this field may volunteer, intern, or seek employment with the Student Athlete Support Services program. Other possibilities include working with athletes from high school and community programs. Students may volunteer, or they may earn academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study.
Sports administration. Master's degree students in this field often complete internships or field work experiences to learn their trade from experts in the field. Students may volunteer, or they may earn academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study.
Athletic training. Graduate students in athletic training typically are engaged in providing sports medicine services to athletes throughout their educational careers. At MSU, these students also have opportunities to assist with special events such as high school sports days and Special Olympics competitions. Students may volunteer, or they may earn academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study.