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Explore the teaching - science of coaching minor at UW-Eau Claire

Learn how to motivate student-athletes of all ages and abilities with a minor in teaching - science of coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Completion of the minor qualifies you for a PK-12 license in coaching and prepares you for a career leading athletes in a variety of sports — and life. 

Courses throughout the teaching - science of coaching minor will give you critical insights into the principles and practices behind coaching. Coursework explores a variety of coaching components, including developmental, medical, legal, social, psychological, biomechanical and technical aspects. From best practices in strength and conditioning to injury prevention, you'll gain skills and techniques that can make a huge difference in a student's performance. A semester-long practical field experience will further help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred coaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners. 

As a future teacher and coach, you will play a critical role in the lives of others. Our teaching - science of coaching graduates go on to pursue rewarding and impactful careers, helping others to grow both physically and emotionally. 

To be awarded this minor, you must be pursuing a teaching license in an additional area of study. The minor is open to any teaching major.

Austin Burzynski

From UWEC grad to UWEC coach

Austin Burzynski chose UW-Eau Claire because it offered everything he wanted in a university. And once he arrived on campus, it didn't take him long to find an academic path that allowed him to pursue his passions. With dreams of being a college football coach, Austin chose to pursue degrees in education and science of coaching, while also playing football for four years.

Now with his degree in hand, he already has his first coaching job lined up. Austin will be an assistant football coach right here at UW-Eau Claire. It's a dream made possible, he said, thanks to UWEC professors, staff and coaches who have supported and encouraged him throughout his college journey.

"I enjoy teaching at all age levels, and right now I am set to help young adults be better men and football players,” he said. “Starting my career coaching at my alma mater means so much to me as I begin to learn the ins and outs of the coaching world. UW-Eau Claire will always have a special place in my heart."

Why teaching - science of coaching at UW-Eau Claire?

Real-world preparation. Professional development is a key focus of the minor. Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete a 60-hour minimum field experience where you will apply teaching, administrative and management skills to real-world situations. The opportunity to develop and add to a coaching portfolio will give you a leg up when interviewing for potential teaching or coaching jobs.

Innovative resources. The kinesiology digital library, available to anyone studying kinesiology, houses a collection of images, strength training videos, general movement videos and vodcasts to help you better understand human movement and injury. You can also take advantage of the university's gyms, tracks, courts and other recreation facilities.

A supportive environment. While pursuing the teaching - science of coaching minor, you'll be surrounded by people who, like you, are interested in bettering the lives of others through sports and teamwork. Courses are led by caring faculty, who are excited to watch you grow and succeed. 

What classes do teaching - science of coaching minors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the teaching - science of coaching minor in the UWEC catalog.

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