James Madison University

Minor in Coaching Education

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The coaching education minor provides students interested in athletic coaching with the opportunity to gain knowledge and applied experiences in the profession.  The focus is on preparing students for the coaching profession at the high school and younger level.  Our program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) as a Level 3 coaching education program.


The 20-credit minor in coaching education consists of 6 courses plus a 3-credit capstone experience.  The requirements are distributed as follows:

Core Requirements (15 credits)

Course Credits Offered
ATEP 205 Introduction to Athletic Training 3 Fall/Spring
KIN 202 Biological Foundations of Kinesiology 3 Fall/Spring/Summer
KIN 353 Maximizing Sport Performance 3 Fall only
KIN 425 Concepts of Strength and Conditioning 3 Fall/Spring
KIN 450 Principles of Coaching 3 Fall/ Spring

Techniques of Sport (2 credits)


Course Offered

Select one of the following: Credits Fall Spring Summer
KIN 211 Coaching Team Sports 2     X
KIN 212 Coaching Track & Field 2 X    
KIN 213 Coaching Soccer 2   X  
KIN 214 Coaching Football 2   X  
KIN 215 Coaching Basketball 2 X    
KIN 216 Coaching Tennis 2 X    
KIN 217 Coaching Volleyball 2   X  

Capstone (3 credits)

Course Credits Offered
KIN 473 Practicum in Coaching 3 Fall/Spring/Summer

Additional Requirements

In addition to the curriculum requirements, student must:

  • Provide evidence of current CPR/AED/ First Aid certification (required prior to enrollment in KIN 473)
  • Earn a minimum grade of a "C" in all minor courses and a "satisfactory" in KIN 473 Practicum
  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • Successfully complete the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Coaching Principles course and earn ASEP certification (note: this is part of KIN 450).
  • Successfully complete the Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, & Responding for educators (CWSE 5691) course (note: this is part of KIN 450).

How to declare a coaching education minor

  1. Submit a request to change your minor (https://www.jmu.edu/cap/students/choose/declare.shtml)
  2. Meet with the coaching education advisor (her/his name and contact information will be provided when you submit your request).  Please know that your request will not be reviewed until you have met with the coaching education advisor.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Janet Wigglesworth
James Madison University
261 Bluestone Drive, MSC 2302
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
540-568-6145 phone
540-568-3338 fax