The program is designed for you to start in any semester which you choose to begin your graduate journey. You can be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student and are encouraged to start (or continue) your coaching endeavor while completing your M.A in Athletic Coaching.
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Required Course Work (22 Credits):
HSS 500 Principles of Coaching (2 credits) - This course is designed to promote critical thinking, problem solving and use of current training and teaching theories for best practice in coaching across all levels, to promote athlete's growth, development, and learning, while teaching age-appropriate skills.
HSS 502 Research Methods (2 credits) - This course is designed for coaches to develop an understanding of the relationship between research and the practice of coaching. (Note: EDUC 590 Reading and Synthesizing Teacher Research - 3 credits, also fulfills this requirement)
HSS 510 Legal Aspects of Sport (2 credits) - In today's legal landscape, coaches and administrators need to understand the issues of law that affect their current or prospective employment. Legal concerns will be inextricably linked to his/her managerial responsibilities.
HSS 512 Ethics in Sport (2 credits) - This course focuses on normative theories of moral reasoning, ethical and unethical behavior in sport. Issues addressed in the class will include moral considerations of sport, sportsmanship, use of drugs, and equality in sport (gender, race, ability).
HSS 520 Psychology of Coaching (4 credits) - Sport psychology principles are applied to provide an in-depth understanding of the psychology of coaching practices for optimal athletic development and performance, as well as predicting behavior within the sport environment.
HSS 522 Sociology of Coaching (2 credits) - This course examines the sociological factors that practitioners need to understand in order to be successful and knowledgeable when coaching individuals & teams in various environments.
HSS 530 Athletic Administration (2 credits) - This course will explore concepts related to planning, organizing, directing, controlling, budgeting, leading, & evaluating within the context of sport or physical activities.
HSS 532 Leadership in Athletics (2 credits) - This course reviews contemporary theories related to management & leadership, & discusses their application to sports coaching.
HSS 597 Capstone I Research Design and Development (2 credits) - The capstone project can be experiential in nature, or theoretically based. Research activities will lead to a proposal for a thesis, or equivalent scholarly project, such as a professional portfolio or a project-based coaching experience, building from an understanding of the standards of professional activity in Athletic Coaching. This course will focus on the selection of a topic, project design/proposal and literature review. Prerequisite: Either HSS 502 or EDUC 590.
HSS 598 Capstone II Research Implementation, Analysis and Dissemination (2 credits) - The capstone project can be experiential in nature, or theoretically based. Students will implement a project using design and methodology established in Capstone I (HSS 597), culminating with the dissemination of information gathered from the project in a thesis or equivalent scholarly project. Prerequisite: HSS 597.
Program Electives (10 Credits):
- HSS 540 Athletic Finance (2 credits)
- HSS 542 Special Events and Facility Management (2 credits)
- HSS 550 Sport Medicine and Performance (2 credits)
- HSS 552 Theory and Applied Practice of Strength and Conditioning (2 credits)
- HSS 554 Advanced Practice of Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (2 credits)
- HSS 560 Theory of Coaching Team Sports (2 credits)
- HSS 562 Theory of Coaching Individual Sports (2 credits)
- HSS 590 Independent Study in Athletic Coaching (1-4 credits; up to 4 credits may count toward program completion)
Total Credits: 32
- Limited Graduate Assistantships available
- Limited Internship positions available