Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching & Leadership

This fully-online 10-credit graduate certificate program is designed to increase knowledge and skills for coaches and leaders at any level.

Who is this program for?

Individuals who are looking to build their competences in sport science and coaching science. Our students enrolled in the graduate certificate are looking to increase their competency as a coach, but are concurrently developing skill in another profession, such as education, counseling, or administration. Other students want to increase their competency as a coach but do not wish to commit to a full masters degree program. Finally, many students in this program have been school-based coaches who were concurrently enrolled in education masters degree programs at MSU. If you have been admitted to a masters degree program in the College of Education at MSU, you can cross-enroll in the graduate certificate program by completing the Intent to Enroll Form (click the Handbook and Forms link on the menu).

When does the program begin?

Once admitted to the program, students may begin the program in any semester (fall, spring, or summer), pending availability of spots (please note that some courses fill quickly). Applications are taken on three cycles each year (see details below).

Where do courses take place?

Courses are delivered online using a combination of high-quality video lectures, readings, and project-based assessments. Although most courses are asynchronous (student completes learning activities without the need for live meetings), some courses will have a requirement for a synchronous meeting between the instructor and a small group of students (this is done through video/teleconferencing).

Courses for the Graduate Certificate

Students must take KIN 852 Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (1 credit, Spring/Summer semester) and then choose one course from three of the four cognante areas.

Psychosocial Cognate
  • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (Fall semester)
  • KIN 849 – Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership (Spring semester)
Physical Cognate
  • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching (Summer semester)
  • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (Spring semester)
Legal & Safety Cognate
  • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control (Summer semester)
  • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues (Spring semester)
Human Development Cognate
  • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (Fall semester)
  • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (Spring semester)

Example Program Plans

  • Youth–Focused Option (8 or 12 months)
    • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (Fall semester) or KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (Spring semester)
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (Spring semester)
    • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control (Summer semester)
    • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (Summer Semester)
  • 4-month option (all courses offered in Spring semester)
    • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (Spring semester 1)
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (Spring semester 2)
    • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues (Summer semester)
    • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (Summer semester)

Costs for the Graduate Certificate

  • TUITION *
    • $8,975.00 ($897.50 per credit-hour)
  • BOOKS & SUPPLIES
    • $200—300
  • MSU APPLICATION FEE
    • $65

* 2020-21 tuition rate – current rates are published on Controller’s Office website (see the line for Graduate Certification)

Technological Requirements

You will need a computer with internet access. It is ideal to have the speed of a typical cable-modem; dial-up connections will experience very slow loading of streaming video lectures and other high-bandwidth content. Individual courses may have specialized technological needs (such as specialized apps or software), but adequate tutorials will be provided as part of the course.

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