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Athletic Coaching Minor

What will I study?

The minor in Athletic Coaching will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to coach athletes. The focus of the minor is on effective coaching practice in school and community settings.

Faculty in the Department of Educational and Developmental Science believe that athletic coaches have the responsibility to develop athletic and psychosocial skills through quality physical activity experiences that are important to a meaningful life. The minor coursework provides multiple opportunities to work directly with our internationally renowned faculty and doctoral graduate assistants who have extensive experience in athletic coaching and have demonstrated a commitment to athlete development. You will learn how to use evidence-based techniques and strategies to promote optimum athletic performance and long-term success.

Students who have minored in athletic coaching are better prepared to coach in school, community, and other performance settings such as dance and tactical training.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

A minor in athletic coaching will prepare you to make a positive impact on the well-rounded education of youth through sport and physical activity. Students who have minored in athletic coaching at USC typically find opportunities to coach youth in school and community settings.


Typical Coursework

While it is not required to complete courses in the order listed, below represents a recommended sequence. 

Year 1

  • PEDU 232 - Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education (3) (fall only)
  • PEDU 190 - Introduction to the Description and Analysis of Human Movement (2) (spring only)

Year 2

  • PEDU 155 - Personal Training Preparation (3)
  • PEDU 153 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1)
  • PEDU 302 - Foundations of Coaching (3) (spring only)

Year 3

  • PEDU 420 - Motor Learning in Physical Education (3) (spring only)
  • PEDU 650 - Theoretical Foundations of Athletic and Mental Performance Coaching (3) (spring and summer only)

Courses which are not otherwise noted are typically offered each fall and spring.

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