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Online Learning: Sport Coaching Certificate
The Coaching Certificate Program educates students who are interested in pursuing careers in coaching as well as students who plan to coach athletics on a part-time basis. Students are introduced to the core knowledge and experiential components of sport coaching. The certificate is a formal acknowledgement of training in coaching that is recognized by most states in the U.S. and all states in New England. The Coaching Certificate provides a coaching specific education which is delivered both in a classroom setting and in an online option to benefit both current Colby-Sawyer College students, as well as other interested students. Enrollees must apply to the college for acceptance and meet admissions eligibility requirements.
A high school diploma or GED certificate is required, although some college or equivalent experience is helpful.
Students must have access to digital video recorders to capture practice sessions and the ability to upload their edited clips. Laptop cameras, smart phones or portable webcams are all acceptable devices.
The Sport Coaching Certificate will improve your knowledge of group dynamics, communication, motivation, conditioning, nutrition, skill instruction and organization that will immediately impact your effectiveness as a coach working with children, adolescents, or adults. The Sport Coaching certificate may be pursued by those seeking an associates or bachelor degree, as well as students seeking a stand-alone certificate that meets state requirements for coaching.
The expected outcomes of the coaching certificate are for you to be able to:
design effective practices that will enhance skills and tactics
develop strategies that will enhance group dynamics
identify key principles that affect athlete motivation
articulate key principles of communication and feedback
apply key principles to enhance the health and safety of your athletes
utilize scientific principles to enhance performance
incorporate basic organizational principles associated with coaching
The core courses will provide the framework while the electives will allow you to tailor the level of specificity to your particular interests. This 16-17 credit certificate is online and is designed to be completed within four 8 week terms. There is a brief residential requirement to complete ESS328, The Theory of Coaching.
|Core Courses (required courses)||Credits|
|ESS100 Personal Health and Wellness||4 credits|
|ESS105 First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer or current certification||1 credits|
|ESS206 Sport Science for Coaching||4 credits|
|ESS328 Theory of Coaching||4 credits|
|ESS3XX Nutrition||4 credits|
|Online Sessions||Online Course Offerings|
|Spring 2014 - Session 1
First Day of Term: 1/13/2014
Atd/drop deadline: 1/15/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 2/12/2014
Last Day of Term: 3/7/2014
|ESS100 Personal Health and Wellness
ESS105 First Aid and CPR
|Spring 2014 - Session 2
First Day of Term: 3/17/2014
Atd/drop deadline: 3/19/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 4/16/2014
Last Day of Term: 5/9/2014
|ESS206 Sport Science for Coaching|
|Spring 2014 - Session 3
First Day of Term: 5/26/2014
Atd/drop deadline: 5/28/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 6/25/2014
Last Day of Term: 7/18/2014
|ESS328 Theory of Coaching|
|Spring 2014 - Session 4
First Day of Term: 8/4/2014
Atd/drop deadline: 8/6/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 9/3/2014
Last Day of Term: 9/26/2014
ESS3XX Sport Nutrition
The Sport Coaching Certificate:
Assists you in meeting the requirements to become a youth, high school, or collegiate coach;
Allows you to be more effective in organizing and implementing a well-designed season plan to support the development of excellent athletes.
For more information about the certificate program in sport coaching, contact Greg Austin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Sciences, email@example.com
Accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
Detailed Course Descriptions
This course is an introduction to concepts and applications of lifetime personal health and wellness. Topics covered include components of fitness, cardiovascular disease and risk factors, nutrition, weight management, relaxation and massage techniques, sexually transmitted diseases, ergogenic aids and substance abuse. The course includes practical applications of certain topics through activities such as fitness testing, circuit training, weight training and aerobic training.
This course is designed to prepare students with basic knowledge and skills in first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer. Additionally, components of the emergency medical service system are discussed. There is an additional fee charged for American Red Cross certification as well as for the personal protective mask. Students who demonstrate certification that will remain current through the completion of the coaching certificate do not need to take this course.
This course focuses on the basic science of exercise physiology and athletic performance as it applies to coaching. Topics include how the body responds to exercise, how to train the body to maximize health and athletic performance, basic movement and mechanical principles, risks associated with exercise, injury prevention strategies, and the influence of nutrition on exercise and athletic performance. Students may not receive credit for both this course and ESS 324. Prerequisite: ESS 100
Sport nutrition combines the sciences of exercise physiology and nutrition. Students will enhance their exercise physiology knowledge with an understanding of the relationship among essential nutrients, energy metabolism and optimal sport performance. Students will also learn to assess a Colby-Sawyer athlete's diet and provide the athlete with a dietary prescription aimed at enhancing performance. Prerequisite: ESS 100 or ESS 201
This course is an overview of current theory and practice in coaching education. Topics include sport pedagogy, physiology, psychology, administration, and risk management. This course addresses issues common across all levels of performance and competition as well as issues specific to youth, interscholastic, and collegiate coaching. Principles of coaching are applied in a laboratory setting. There is an additional 16 hour residential skills requirement for this course. Prerequisite: ESS 100