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Sport Coaching and Leadership

Graduate Certificate

Online

Course Delivery

10

Total Credits

$9,060

Tuition

8 Months

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

Are you looking to increase your competency and knowledge as a coach or sport leader but cannot make a commitment to a full masters degree? Our fully online 10-credit graduate certificate post-baccalaureate program in sport science is designed to increase knowledge and skills for coaches and sport leaders at any level. High-performance, teacher, and youth sport coaches along with sport leaders such as administrators or directors and coach educators and developers can gain fundamental knowledge and skills in a variety of sport sciences.

The graduate certificate in Sport Coaching and Leaderships allows you to pick three courses from our four cognate areas to build your foundational knowledge of the sport sciences. Courses in sport psychology, skill acquisition, human development, leadership, positive youth development, safety promotion, law, ethics, and administration allow you to tailor your graduate certificate to fit your interests as a coach. Our graduate certificate program is designed to fit your needs as a coach with fully online courses to enable you to work around your busy schedules. To learn more, set-up a phone appointment with the program director to see if our certificate will match to your interests and goals.

 

Program Outcomes

Based on your chosen courses and competency areas, the graduate certificate can help you become more efficient in any of the following areas:

  • Effective communication skills (to improve communication with athletes and other sport stakeholders)
  • Effective planning skills (to develop practice plans and program environments to enhance athletic performance and personal development)
  • Effective sport pedagogy (including instructional messages and constraints-led approaches to technical and tactical development)
  • Safety, injury control, and risk management
  • Reflective practice skills (to help with your daily, weekly, and lifelong professional development)
  • Ethical decision-making skills
  • General sport science knowledge (to become a better consumer of evidence and information and how they inform practice as a coach or sport leader).
  • Scientific writing skills (to better communicate your learning experiences during the program.

Our graduate certificate will enable you to build your confidence and help you improve in your coaching or leadership capacity. While not a requirement for entering into the coaching profession, our graduate certificate will give you the skills and knowledge to help you advance in the job market. Completing the graduate certificate also allows for you to transfer your classes into the masters degree program.

Career Outlook

Primarily, our alumni tell us that this graduate certificate has built their confidence and has prepared them to be more outspoken and assertive in the workplace and within sports coaching jobs. Although a degree or certificate is not a requirement for entering into the coaching profession (unlike teaching or nursing), it will enhance your knowledge and skills and help you advance in the job market. There are some circumstances where higher education is a requirement for placement or advancement.

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Andy Driska Headshot

Dr. Andy Driska

Assistant Professor, Program Director

Dr. Andy Driska is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, where he directs the graduate programs in sport coaching and leadership, advises and mentors students, and teaches graduate-level courses in sport psychology, skill acquisition, leadership, ethics, and coaching science. He has served as a consultant for several collegiate sports programs and for USA Swimming. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics including mental toughness, the design and evaluation of coach development programs, and coaching ethics. He recently served on the nationwide committee to revise the National Standards for Sport Coaches and is a member of the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.

Course Information

 

Core

KIN 829 - Safety and Injury Control
KIN 849 - Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership
KIN 852 - Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership
KIN 854 - Legal and Administrative Issues
KIN 855 - Psychosocial Bases of Coaching
KIN 856 - Physical Bases of Coaching
KIN 857 - Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport
KIN 865 - Stages of Athlete Development
KIN 868 - Skill Development in Athletes

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
    Undergraduate degree transcript that shows a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution of higher education. There is not a requirement for a specific undergraduate degree.
  • Previous work experience
    Current résumé (2 page max) that highlights all work experiences relevant to sport coaching and leadership.
  • A written academic statement
    Academic statement of 750 words where you explain how this program will help you meet your professional goals.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • One should come from an academic source who can vouch for your credentials as a student, the other should come from workplace source who can vouch for your credentials on the job. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application.
  • International applicants should speak with the program director about potential restrictions for online degree programs.

Key Dates

Fall

Application Deadline

June 15th

Spring

Application Deadline

October 15th

Summer 

Application Deadline

January 15th

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$9,060
$9,060

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

Program Overview

Are you looking to increase your competency and knowledge as a coach or sport leader but cannot make a commitment to a full masters degree? Our fully online 10-credit graduate certificate post-baccalaureate program in sport science is designed to increase knowledge and skills for coaches and sport leaders at any level. High-performance, teacher, and youth sport coaches along with sport leaders such as administrators or directors and coach educators and developers can gain fundamental knowledge and skills in a variety of sport sciences.

The graduate certificate in Sport Coaching and Leaderships allows you to pick three courses from our four cognate areas to build your foundational knowledge of the sport sciences. Courses in sport psychology, skill acquisition, human development, leadership, positive youth development, safety promotion, law, ethics, and administration allow you to tailor your graduate certificate to fit your interests as a coach. Our graduate certificate program is designed to fit your needs as a coach with fully online courses to enable you to work around your busy schedules. To learn more, set-up a phone appointment with the program director to see if our certificate will match to your interests and goals.

 

Program Outcomes

Based on your chosen courses and competency areas, the graduate certificate can help you become more efficient in any of the following areas:

  • Effective communication skills (to improve communication with athletes and other sport stakeholders)
  • Effective planning skills (to develop practice plans and program environments to enhance athletic performance and personal development)
  • Effective sport pedagogy (including instructional messages and constraints-led approaches to technical and tactical development)
  • Safety, injury control, and risk management
  • Reflective practice skills (to help with your daily, weekly, and lifelong professional development)
  • Ethical decision-making skills
  • General sport science knowledge (to become a better consumer of evidence and information and how they inform practice as a coach or sport leader).
  • Scientific writing skills (to better communicate your learning experiences during the program.

Our graduate certificate will enable you to build your confidence and help you improve in your coaching or leadership capacity. While not a requirement for entering into the coaching profession, our graduate certificate will give you the skills and knowledge to help you advance in the job market. Completing the graduate certificate also allows for you to transfer your classes into the masters degree program.

Career Outlook

Primarily, our alumni tell us that this graduate certificate has built their confidence and has prepared them to be more outspoken and assertive in the workplace and within sports coaching jobs. Although a degree or certificate is not a requirement for entering into the coaching profession (unlike teaching or nursing), it will enhance your knowledge and skills and help you advance in the job market. There are some circumstances where higher education is a requirement for placement or advancement.

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Andy Driska Headshot

Dr. Andy Driska

Assistant Professor, Program Director

Dr. Andy Driska is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, where he directs the graduate programs in sport coaching and leadership, advises and mentors students, and teaches graduate-level courses in sport psychology, skill acquisition, leadership, ethics, and coaching science. He has served as a consultant for several collegiate sports programs and for USA Swimming. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics including mental toughness, the design and evaluation of coach development programs, and coaching ethics. He recently served on the nationwide committee to revise the National Standards for Sport Coaches and is a member of the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.

Course Information

 

Core

KIN 829 - Safety and Injury Control
KIN 849 - Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership
KIN 852 - Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership
KIN 854 - Legal and Administrative Issues
KIN 855 - Psychosocial Bases of Coaching
KIN 856 - Physical Bases of Coaching
KIN 857 - Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport
KIN 865 - Stages of Athlete Development
KIN 868 - Skill Development in Athletes

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree
    Undergraduate degree transcript that shows a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution of higher education. There is not a requirement for a specific undergraduate degree.
  • Previous work experience
    Current résumé (2 page max) that highlights all work experiences relevant to sport coaching and leadership.
  • A written academic statement
    Academic statement of 750 words where you explain how this program will help you meet your professional goals.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • One should come from an academic source who can vouch for your credentials as a student, the other should come from workplace source who can vouch for your credentials on the job. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application.
  • International applicants should speak with the program director about potential restrictions for online degree programs.

Key Dates

Fall

Application Deadline

June 15th

Spring

Application Deadline

October 15th

Summer 

Application Deadline

January 15th

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$9,060
$9,060

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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You can be ensured a return on your investment at Michigan State University.

As one of the top research universities in the world, Michigan State University has advanced the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.

MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community.

MSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. Our maturity is evident in the high quality of the learning experience enjoyed by our online students.

MSU provides programs and initiatives that support and enhance diversity. We will expand our campus and external partnerships to put in place inclusive recruitment and retention practices. We nurture and promote individuals’ varied experiences and perspectives, ensuring structures and processes make possible full participation by all members of our community.

MSU actively collaborates with campus and external partners to innovate across all dimensions of graduate education. We create and support networks that increase collaboration and improve educational opportunities for our online students.

MSU’s nationally recognized online programs foster student growth and well-being throughout their academic career. We will expand inclusive mentoring practices and accelerate improvement across units to implement evidence-based practices to ensure our students complete successfully.

Continuing education can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. We hope you consider becoming a Spartan, to learn online and reach your career goals. With highly ranked online programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.