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Minor - Coaching Education

Work with youth playing the sport you love

Minor - Coaching Education

Think back to a coach who positively impacted your life. Think of how you were inspired by that coach and the difference he or she made in your life. You have the opportunity to be that same type of mentor with a coaching minor. The ESU coaching minor prepares coaches to be the positive influence that you had (or still have). The coaching minor is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major. A coaching minor will supplement an existing major.

Sports can have far-reaching effects physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually in the lives of young people. Responsible coaches are educated and prepared to contribute to the positive influence sport has on athletes and society. The experience gained from participation in sport is strongly influenced by the qualification and competencies of the coach. It is important for potential coaches to be trained to work with athletes within a framework of ethical philosophy, practices, and procedures.

The Coaching Minor prepares coaches to influence in multi-dimensions: physical, psychological and positive character. There is a strong focus on the number one reason athletes participate — to have fun.

Designed for students who

  • enjoy sports
  • like working with people
  • believe in the values of athletic participation
  • would like to exert a positive influence on the lives of others

So many possibilities

  • Work with athletes in youth organizations, junior or senior high schools, college and community recreational sport settings.
  • Students who complete the coaching minor obtain the American Sport Education Program certification. This certification allows you to coach in schools without a teaching certificate.
  • Work in recreation, sports management or as a personal trainer.

Coaching Education Scholarships + Degree requirements

Scholarship for Coaching Education

ESU has new Coaching Education Scholarships. Eligibility requirements include:

Plan to be a coach in the future

Plan to minor in coaching at ESU

Current high school senior (incoming freshman)

Will graduate from a Kansas High School

Current resident of the United States of America

Grade point average of 2.5 or above

Download the Coaching Education Scholarship application.pdf. Deadline: March 15

Download the flyer about the Coaching Education Scholarship.pdf

Degree requirements

See complete requirements for a minor in coaching education.

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Emporia State is one of only 12 universities in the nation to have its coaching minor program accredited by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education.

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Emporia State University
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Emporia, KS 66801


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