Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Kinesiology

Graduate Study
Sport Coaching and Leadership - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership provides opportunities for students to develop expertise in learning and using scientific knowledge and best practices related to coaching and developing athletes and leading sports programs at the intercollegiate, interscholastic, and community sports levels. It facilitates interdisciplinary knowledge in various issues related to coaching across the lifespan. The certificate is available only online.


To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership students must:

  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  2. complete the Intent to Enroll form if you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University.
Students who are not enrolled at Michigan State University must:
  1. submit a university application and application fee.
  2. provide transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education.
  3. submit one letter of recommendation from a current colleague or supervisor.
  4. submit a statement of professional goals that clearly describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the certificate and the goals that the certificate will help them attain.
  5. a test of English language proficiency for students for whom English is not a first language.
Upon acceptance, students must submit evidence of current CPR, first-aid, and blood borne pathogen training and maintain such certification throughout their enrollment in the program.

Applications are reviewed by faculty who look for indications of high probability of success. Factors that are significant in determining admission are:
  1. A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of  all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  2. Professional goals that are consistent with the objectives of the graduate certificate.
  3. Evidence of a philosophical understanding of developmentally appropriate sport experiences.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching and Leadership

Students must complete 9 credits from the following courses:
1. One of the following courses for the Psychosocial Competency (3 credits):
KIN 855 Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
KIN 857 Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport 3
KIN 865 Stages of Athlete Development 3
2. One of the following courses for the Physical Competency (3 credits):
KIN 856 Physical Bases of Coaching Athletes 3
KIN 868 Skill Development in Athletes 3
3. One of the following courses for the Legal/Safety Competency (3 credits):
KIN 829 Safety and Injury Control 3
KIN 854 Legal and Administrative Issues 3