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.
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:
- Anatomical kinesiology
- Exercise physiology
- Management and coaching theory
- Psychology of sport and physical activity
- Sociology of sport and physical conditioning
Learn more about the teaching - science of coaching minor in the UWEC catalog.
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