Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Coaching Minor and Certificate

Inspire Greatness

Do you see yourself helping athletes play to their strengths? Sports upholds an important role in the development of discipline, teamwork, and strong morale in our youth, and coaches lead the way to victories both on and off the playing field. Employment of coaches is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2020.

If you have a passion for sports and a gift for supporting others in honing their skills and achieving their goals, coaching could be a fulfilling activity—or career—for you. Our coaching minor or certificate will equip you with the fundamental training necessary for involvement in youth, high school, or collegiate athletics, as well as recreational or club sports.

Gain Practical Coaching Experience

As part of the coaching minor and certificate curriculum, students have the opportunity to assist with coaching a sporting activity of their choice for 40–60 hours. These mini-internships are available through Michigan Tech athletics, area K-12 schools, and other local sports teams. During your internship, you will learn methods for teaching sports, managing a team, writing plans for practicing and training safely, and interacting with athletes and/or their parents.

Minor in Coaching Fundamentals

Our minor in coaching fundamentals is consistent with the National Association for Sports and Physical Education guidelines and offered to students currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at Michigan Tech. The minor curriculum provides a strong theoretical foundation for the practice of coaching. This option is designed for students who plan to pursue a head coach position.

A total of 18 credits are required for the minor in coaching fundamentals:

Core Requirements (13 credits)

KIP 2100 - Introduction to Athletic Training

Covers first aid, adult CPR, child CPR, and other sport training issues. Students receive appropriate certification cards.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

KIP 3000 - Sports Psychology

Overview of psychological principles and their applications to individuals and groups in sport, exercise and/or therapy. For the laboratory portion, students observe and analyze behaviors in a setting of their choice.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PSY 2000

KIP 3300 - Foundations of Coaching

Practical and relevant information appropriate for beginning and experienced interscholastic coaches.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

KIP 3310 - Coaching Methods and Principles

Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic strategies.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year

KIP 3410 - Facilities & Events Management

Students will learn about managing sports facilities including risk management, administration of personnel, organization, and administrative efficiency.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

KIP 4690 - Coaching Practicum

Students seeking coaching endorsement assist with a sport of their choice. Subject to approval of endorsement advisor, students may assist a head coach in season during student teaching; assist MTU head coach in season; assist head coach in season at public/private school or summer camp.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (EH 3010 or KIP 3000) and (EH 3020 or KIP 3300)

Elective Courses - Administrative Class (choose a minimum of 2 credits)

KIP 3400 - Sports Administration

Students will learn skills and competencies of sports management including ethics, marketing, law, finance, information, collegiate, olympic, professional, youth, campus recreation programs, parks, career opportunities, foundations, and future directions.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

KIP 3410 - Facilities & Events Management

Students will learn about managing sports facilities including risk management, administration of personnel, organization, and administrative efficiency.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

KIP 4610 - Legal Issues in Sports and Fitness Management

Review of legal issues that apply to sport and fitness organizations such as liability, risk management, facility concerns, and labor laws. Basic components of the U.S. legal system and guidelines, and rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be covered.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

Elective Courses - Area of Interest (choose 2 courses, 3 credits total)

KIP 2000 - Professionalism in Kinesiology

This course will assist students in gaining skills for entering into career-focused roles with professional competency, learning to apply these skills through shadowing experiences, and preparing to transition from a college student to a professional in kinesiology.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Sports and Fitness Management, Exercise Science

KIP 2300 - Sports and Fitness Leadership

Course is designed to help students succeed in leadership principles, effective communication, team work, and introspection. Students will lead, teach, and collaborate with their peers through different assignments and active participation in class.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year

KIP 2400 - Principles of Sports Officiating

Theory and practice of officiating various sports common in the community and school setting.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year

KIP 3200 - Personal Training

A pragmatic course of both theory and application in setting up a personal training program for individuals. Includes assessment, techniques, planning, safety and legal issues. Leads toward final preparation to earn certification as a personal trainer.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BL 2021 and (EH 3100 or KIP 3100)

KIP 4400 - Strength and Conditioning

Theory and practice in development and administration of comprehensive strength and conditioning programs for both the athlete and individual of any level. Includes knowledge, safety concerns and skill techniques necessary for teaching and administering at any strength and conditioning facility.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BL 2021

KIP 4710 - Sports Medicine and Ethics

Examines ethical issues in sports medicine. Topics might include the ethical responsibilities and conflicts of interest for team physicians, research on athletes, sport-related concussions, and doping. Philosophical ethical foundations, and professional ethical codes for sports medicine will be studied.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

Certificate in Coaching

Our Certificate in Coaching is offered to post-degree students who have previously completed a bachelor's degree. If you wish to pursue an assistant coach position, or you’d like an introduction to the art of coaching, our certificate is a great option. You’ll learn the fundamentals of coaching.

A total of 13 or more credits are required for the certificate in coaching:

Core Requirements (11 credits)

KIP 2100 - Introduction to Athletic Training

Covers first aid, adult CPR, child CPR, and other sport training issues. Students receive appropriate certification cards.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

KIP 3000 - Sports Psychology

Overview of psychological principles and their applications to individuals and groups in sport, exercise and/or therapy. For the laboratory portion, students observe and analyze behaviors in a setting of their choice.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PSY 2000

KIP 3300 - Foundations of Coaching

Practical and relevant information appropriate for beginning and experienced interscholastic coaches.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer

KIP 3310 - Coaching Methods and Principles

Designed to provide students with basic information about coaching. Planning and organizing practice and competition, selecting appropriate drills, teaching and analyzing fundamental skills, evaluating performance, understanding basic strategies.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year

Elective Courses (choose two courses, 3–4 credits total)

KIP 2300 - Sports and Fitness Leadership

Course is designed to help students succeed in leadership principles, effective communication, team work, and introspection. Students will lead, teach, and collaborate with their peers through different assignments and active participation in class.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year

KIP 2400 - Principles of Sports Officiating

Theory and practice of officiating various sports common in the community and school setting.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year

KIP 3200 - Personal Training

A pragmatic course of both theory and application in setting up a personal training program for individuals. Includes assessment, techniques, planning, safety and legal issues. Leads toward final preparation to earn certification as a personal trainer.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BL 2021 and (EH 3100 or KIP 3100)

KIP 3400 - Sports Administration

Students will learn skills and competencies of sports management including ethics, marketing, law, finance, information, collegiate, olympic, professional, youth, campus recreation programs, parks, career opportunities, foundations, and future directions.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

KIP 3410 - Facilities & Events Management

Students will learn about managing sports facilities including risk management, administration of personnel, organization, and administrative efficiency.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

KIP 4400 - Strength and Conditioning

Theory and practice in development and administration of comprehensive strength and conditioning programs for both the athlete and individual of any level. Includes knowledge, safety concerns and skill techniques necessary for teaching and administering at any strength and conditioning facility.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): BL 2020 and BL 2021

KIP 4610 - Legal Issues in Sports and Fitness Management

Review of legal issues that apply to sport and fitness organizations such as liability, risk management, facility concerns, and labor laws. Basic components of the U.S. legal system and guidelines, and rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be covered.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

KIP 4710 - Sports Medicine and Ethics

Examines ethical issues in sports medicine. Topics might include the ethical responsibilities and conflicts of interest for team physicians, research on athletes, sport-related concussions, and doping. Philosophical ethical foundations, and professional ethical codes for sports medicine will be studied.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman