This minor is designed to prepare future coaches to be successful in a variety of settings. The coaching minor will provide the fundamental knowledge essential for coaching sports.
This includes not only skills and strategies of specific game play, but the physiological, and psychological as well. This minor will also provide individuals the training to develop in the areas of philosophy, physical training, communication, motivation, and administrative aspects of coaching.
The coaching minor will focus on developing future coaches in areas such as:
- Middle school and High school athletics
- Interscholastic and Intercollegiate athletics
- Recreation and Club Sport
- Athletic Administration and Management
- Fitness and Personal Training
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.
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The coaching minor has the ability to appeal to other majors who would like to expand their study to areas involving coaching. A minor in Coaching would allow students in other fields of study access to coursework to supplement their major studies and provide instruction not currently available in their home programs.
Efforts will be made to specifically market a Coaching Minor to certain students majoring in related disciplines. Considering coaching can be either full time or supplementary work, listed below are some compatible majors offered at UWG that would pair well with a Coaching Minor:
- Business Administration
- Computer Science
- Health and Community Wellness
- Mass Communications
- Organizational Leadership
- Social and Behavioral Health
- Sport Management
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required:
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
Choose 2: 6 hours
CMWL-3210 - Principles of Nutrition
This undergraduate course provides healthy eating and nutrition principles for fitness and wellness professionals. The course helps students understand the role of nutrition in improving health and applying these ideas to establish healthy SMART goals and eating plans. A review of current eating habits and patterns using nationally recommended dietary guidelines and nutritional assessment tools will be covered. Course topics include the relationship between nutrition and various diseases, use of dietary supplementation, and nutrition for improved sport and fitness performance.
PHED-4603 - Advanced Concepts of Personal Training
This class focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations of the human body during exercise. In depth analysis of the responses of the respiratory, circulatory, and muscular systems will be a major focus. Pre-participation health screening, biometric and fitness assessment, and participant goals will be considered to design individualized training programs. Laboratory activities include data collection and analysis, exercise programming case studies, and exercise demonstration and instruction practice.
PHED-4631 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
This undergraduate course is an introduction to prevention, recognition, and care management techniques for acute and chronic fitness and sport-related injuries. Topics include environmental-related illnesses, musculoskeletal injuries, and psychological factors (stress, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, mood) that impact the prevention and care of fitness and sport-related injuries.
PHED-4633 - Coaching Practicum
The coaching practicum is designed to provide the student with an in-the-field coaching experience in which the student can, in a supervised situation, develop, test, and modify her/his coaching knowledge, skills and attitudes. The primary objective is to provide the student with a realistic coaching experience at a level and in a setting similar to that in which employment may be obtained. May be repeated for credit in a different coaching experience.
PHED-4640 - Coaching the Mental Side of Sport
Introduction of psycho-social aspects of coaching, working with athletes, and performance. Principles including arousal; visualization; self-talk; team-building; the connection between needs, thinking, and performances; motivation; and analysis of the mental processes before, during, and after performances will be presented, discussed, and explored in fictitious or real life scenarios.
Required Coursework: 10-11 hours
PHED-2100 - Introduction to Sports, Coaching, Fitness, and Recreation
The sports, coaching, fitness, and recreational fields of study continue providing numerous personal and career opportunities for individuals interested in physical activity, health, and sport-related work. This course provides a historical, philosophical, and practical approach to sport in modern society. The course includes various movement opportunities exploring team and individual sports, outdoor recreation, and other physical activities. Participants will gain hands-on experience working with a variety of different sports-related equipment, strategies, and learning opportunities. In addition, participants will develop skills and strategies for engaging in physical activity opportunities with others, potentially leading to increased levels of character development, and emotional and social learning and growth.
PHED-2628 - First Aid and CPR for Education Majors
For Education majors only. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to respond in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. Specific school based situations relating to child injuries and emergencies will be addressed. Certification in CPR and First Aid is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Students must make a grade of C or better in order to use the course in Area F.
PHED-4630 - Foundations and Principles of Coaching
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the coaching profession. A majority of the emphasis is on team and individual sports at the high school, middle school, recreational and club levels. Some emphasis is on sports at the collegiate level. The primary goal of the course is to develop and enhance students' knowledge and understanding of concepts and techniques of coaching and their application to achieving important objectives in working with athletes. The course combines sport science theory and research with the practical knowledge and methods of expert coaches in the essential categories of coaching education and professional practice. Guiding principles and practical applications are presented and thoroughly explained for several dimensions of coaching.
2-3 of the following courses:
PHED-3500 - Educational Games, Gymnastics, and Dance
This course focuses on the development stages of selected motor patterns fundamental to educational games, gymnastics, and dance. Students develop and practice the skill theme approach to teaching fundamental movement patterns to elementary and middle school students. Students also develop observation and analysis skills for diagnosing children's motor patterns.
PHED-3501 - Skills and Strategies in Strength and Conditioning
This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies related to strength and conditioning including weight training, cardiovascular endurance, health-related fitness, performance-related fitness, and flexibility. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.
PHED-3502 - Skills and Strategies in Target and Outdoor Activities
This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies in target and outdoor activities including golf, track and field, orienteering and softball. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.
PHED-3503 - Skills and Strategies in Net and Wall Games
This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies in net and wall games including badminton, pickle ball, tennis and volleyball. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.
PHED-3504 - Skills and Strategies in Invasion Games
This course increases students' knowledge, skills and strategies in invasion games including basketball, flag football, soccer, team handball and ultimate Frisbee. Focus is on skill development in order to provide K-12 students with accurate information, demonstrations and performance analysis.
PHED-3630 - Coaching Methods: Baseball and Softball
Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching baseball and softball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.
PHED-3631 - Coaching Basketball
Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching the sport of basketball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.
PHED-3632 - Coaching Football
Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching football. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.
PHED-3633 - Coaching Methods: Soccer
Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching soccer. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.
PHED-3634 - Coaching Methods: Volleyball
Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching volleyball. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic offensive and defensive strategies.
Guidelines for Admittance
Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.
- Complete online application. A one-time application fee of $30 is required.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are sent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
- Verify specific requirements associated with specific populations identified here: Freshman Adult Learners Transfer International Home School Joint / Dual Enrollment Transient Auditor Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking Readmission
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
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- Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
- Review important deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
- Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
- Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
See program specific calendars here
- Complete online application
Undergraduate Admissions Guide
Undergraduate International Application
- Submit $30 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official documents
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- Students will describe their own coaching philosophy based on educational research, while also articulating major coaching objectives and coaching styles.
- Students will identify the behavioral and psychological principles for effective communication between coaches and athletes.
- Students will develop research-based physical fitness program design and plans that incorporate all aspects of training, including the cardio-respiratory system, muscular strength and endurance, muscular power, flexibility, and nutritional recommendations.
- Students will describe the numerous managerial issues and challenges when planning, organizing, staffing, and directing all aspects of an athletic program.
- Students will evaluate the current practices and experiences of other coaches.