Department of
Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

Program Information

Coaching Education Overview

Required Courses

Course Descriptions

Coaching Minor Curriculum Guide



For more information, please contact:

Mark Stanbrough
Phone: 620-341-5399


Coaching Education

The coaching minor is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major. A coaching minor will supplement an existing major. 

The coaching minor is 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


Why pursue a minor in coaching?

Athletics 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 form participation in athletics is strongly influenced by the qualification and competencies of the coach. It is important for potential coaches to be trained to work with young adults within a framework of ethical philosophy, practices, and procedures. 


What level of coaching will I be prepared for through this minor?

The coaching minor prepares the student coach to work with athletes in youth, junior or senior high school, college, club, and community recreational sports settings. Students who complete the coaching minor obtain the American Sport Education Program certification. This certification allows the individual to coach in schools without a teaching certificate. 


Is there a scholarship available?

As of April 2019 there is and the deadline is May 10, 2019.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • Plan to be a coach in the future
  • Plan to minor in coaching at ESU
  • Current high school senior
  • 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 scholarship application here.


Is the program accredited?

USCCE_NCACE_Color_SocwWordsEmporia State University’s  coaching education minor was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) in 2012 and is valid through 2019. ESU is one of only 10 higher education institutions that are NCACE accredited.