Athletic Coaching Education
The Athletic Coaching Education major in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences prepares students for a variety of roles in the coaching profession. Settings may include coaching athletes of varying age and ability levels, including youth, masters, scholastic, intercollegiate, and individuals with disabilities and special needs. Additional roles may include strength and conditioning, director of operations, etc.
The bachelor’s degree consists of a sequenced curriculum that focuses on professional knowledge, sport-specific science and pedagogical skills mixed with interpersonal and intra-personal skill sets. Practicum experiences provide students with opportunities to learn and apply the principles and practices of coaching across a wide range of participation and performance-based settings. Professional networking and social skills are emphasized.
This degree is for those who have a passion for sport, a desire to make a difference in the lives of athletes and the dedication to strive for personal excellence. Those who have an interest in coaching within the community, an interest in public or private school athletic programs, or an interest in coaching at higher education institutions, should study this discipline.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearACE 106 Athletic Coaching Education BIOL 102 General Biology BIOL 104 General Biology Laboratory ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric
Senior YearACE 369 Basic Strength and Conditioning for Coaches EXPH 364 Kinesiology SM 426 Liability in Sport ACE 368 Sport Movement Analysis ACE 410 Training Theories for Coaches
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Athletic Coaching Education students can choose to work toward national certification exams in personal training, group fitness, and strength and conditioning.
- Four in five College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences students complete internships or field placements.
- Typical class size in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is 25.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.