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Professional Development - Teaching

  • 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 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.
  • Courses in Teacher Education and Special Education. Graduate students may enroll in TE and CEP courses that help them to acquire greater knowledge of teaching methods.
  • 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.

Coaching

  • 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.  
  • Advanced doctoral students may help to design, deliver, and evaluate coaching education workshops and programs offered by the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. Interested students should contact Dr. Dan Gould, Director of the Institute.
  • In addition, KIN graduate students may engage in coaching experiences for academic credit by enrolling in fieldwork or independent study.

Professional Practice

  • Sport psychology services. Many sport psychology graduate students work with athletes and teams who are affiliated with MSU or community agencies. 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.