Coaching degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Sport Studies: Coaching Concentration

Gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to become effective professionals. The curriculum features a strong foundation of courses including social sciences, history of sport, exercise science, business, and methods courses. You will be challenged to apply what you have learned to real life through multiple practicum experiences and an internship with working professionals.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Sports administration
  • Recreation
  • Coaching
  • Facility and event management
  • Sports marketing
  • Compliance
  • Sports management
  • Sports communication and information

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Sport Studies Major Courses

Foundation Courses

Co-Ed Weight Training | PAC 10131
Examines principles and techniques of strength training and their application during active participation in weightlifting. Assists students with devising a personal weight training program consistent with health related fitness principles developed to meet their personal goals.

Lifetime Fitness | PAC 11131
Participate in a great varity of health-related aerobic activities designed to help student develop a health related fitness program. Activities include walking, stair stepping, jogging, aerobic dance, aerobic game play and rope jumping. Studies current health and fitness concepts and basic nutrition concepts.

Nontraditional Team Sports I | PAC 11231
Introduces activities of a nontraditional nature. Games, such as ultimate Frisbee, earthball,flickerball and Olympic team handball are used for the purpose of examining values and beliefs related to moral and ethical behavior and responsible group membership. Because physical fitness is a secondary goal, all activities included require students to be active throughout play.

History & Principles of Health, Physical Education & Recreation | PED 11133
Studies the history, philosophy and principles of health, physical education and recreation based on resource materials, professional literature and current research.

Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries | PED 20533
Introduces the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Learn to evaluate injuries common to sports, as well as preventative taping and wrapping of different anatomical joints.

Psychology and Sociology of Sports | PED 30233
Examines component in professional preparation for careers in physical education, recreation and related areas. Examines centrality of sports in modern society. Topics include psychological effects of sports, roles of youth sports, team cohesion and psychology of injury rehabilitation.

First Aid Instructor Training | PED 30732
Emphasizes practical applications for all age ranges in resuscitation and emergency treatment of strokes, heart attacks, burns, cuts, abrasions and broken bones. Detailed application of an AED is also emphasized. Red Cross certification in First Aid and Adult, Child, Infant CPR and AED is awarded upon completion. Students are certified as Red Cross instructors in these areas.

Adaptive Physcal Education | PED 33532
Study of physical education adapted to those whose physical inadequacy or functional defect can be improved through physical activity. Develop and understand physical education program for gifted, retarded, handicapped and disadvantaged students.

Theory of Administration in Health, Physical Education & Recreation | PED 41733
Course includes study of administrative philosophies and processes including administrative behavior, leadership and organizational procedures. Includes theory and practice involving tests and measurements in physical education and sport as well as program evaluation procedures. Off campus work is required.

Senior Seminar | PED 46000
Various professional certifications, career opportunities and graduate school options covered. Current issues in health, physical education and recreation are researched.


Required Major Courses

Principles of Officiating: Fall or Spring Sports | PED 13733 or PED 14733
Techniques, qualifications, skills, and philosophies governing the act of officiating sports commonly played in the fall (volleyball, soccer, and football) or spring (basketball, baseball, and softball). Detailed knowledge of rules of each activity required. Practical experience in officiating is required.

Teaching Character Through Sports | PED 18731
Leadership skills based on the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character Program (respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship). Leads to Champions of Character Coaching Certification Program.

Teaching Fall Sports | PED 23733
Covers principles of teaching rules, strategies and skill performance in badminton, volleyball, soccer and soccer-type games.

Teaching Spring Sports | PED 24733
Covers principles of teaching rules, strategies and skill performance in basketball, tennis, tumbling and gymnastics and softball type games.

Sport Facility & Event Management | PED 30400
Course designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the concepts, theories, principles, and procedures involved in the design, planning, and furnishing of sports facilities. Topics also include aspects associated with the development, implementation, and operations of sporting events.

Legal Issues in Recreation and Sport | PED 30403
Course is designed to address legal issues in physical education, recreation, and sport management. Areas covered include the history of law in sport, negligence, tort as well as constitutional and labor laws as they apply to physical education, recreation, and sport.

Recreation and Sports Programming | PED 31833
Emphasis on development of a personal philosophy of recreation and importance of recreation in modern life. Develop skills needed to administer recreation programs in schools, churches and community.

Internship: Physical Education | PED 41033
Places student in a recreational dealing with program, management and leadership roles beyond the formal course of study.

Required Supporting Courses

Required Concentration

Students must select one concentration from the following:
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Sports Administration
  • Recreation

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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