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This certificate provides individuals wishing to coach high school athletic teams with the background important for working in a physical education setting. Central to it are the three coaching courses required by the New York State Education Department for Coaching Licensure.

Goal 1 Provide a sound academic curriculum to meet the requirements of NYS for licensure as a coach.

  • Student will meet the requirements as outlined by the Commissioner of Education. Sec. 135.4 (c) (7) (i) (c) and section 135.5.

Goal 2 Provide instruction on the different types of coaching techniques.

  • Student will demonstrate an understanding of various coaching techniques.
  • Student will be able to develop and modify practice plans according to populations taught as defined in course syllabus.
  • 100% of graduates will complete the DGV requirement.

Goal 3 Provide instruction on how to create and implement lesson plans.

  • Student will create and develop practice plans for sport specific skills and concepts in coaching.

Goal 4 Provide instruction for coaching a variety of sports and diverse populations.

  • Student will implement and execute the developed practice plans as outlined in the course curriculum.
  • Student will demonstrate knowledge of the behaviors and development of adolescents.

Goal 5 Provide student with Injury recognition background sufficient to successfully evaluate and provide initial First Aid care.

  • Student will demonstrate an understanding of injury prevention, recognition and follow up care.
  • Student will obtain First Aid and CPR Certifications.

Goal 6 To prepare Coaching certificate majors to use computational and other mathematical techniques to communicate results of scientific inquiry.

  • Student will complete laboratory exercises that involve data collection and analysis.

Goal 7 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.

  • Student will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Student will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.

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Total Credit Hours: 26

First Semester

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations. Prerequisites: Appropriate high school GPA or placement test score or EN090 Basic Writing Skills or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition or SL145 ESOL Advanced Composition

This course introduces the basic philosophy and principles of coaching as integral parts of physical education and general education. Topics include the function and organization of leagues and athletic associations in New York State; state, local, and national policies as related to athletics; standards for the responsibilities and duties of the coach as an educational leader; legal considerations; team management; athletic facilities; budget and record keeping; and, interacting with supervisors and officials. This is one of three mandatory courses required by the New York State Education Department to become permanently certified to coach high school athletics.

This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training.

This is the first of a two-semester course covering the central concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations, and classical and molecular genetics. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics and include opportunities for the student to practice the scientific method, data collection, and lab report writing.

This course explores the form and function of human body systems for non-science students. It stresses normal and abnormal life processes as well as the philosophy and history of science including the scientific method. Laboratory exercises complement lecture topics, which include the study of cells and tissues, and the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Dissections are required in the laboratory.

Second Semester

Topics in this course include first aid, CPR, and athletic training/conditioning principles. Upon completion, students are eligible for National Safety Council First Aid and American Heart Association CPR certification. This is one of three mandatory courses required by the New York State Education Department to become permanently certified to coach high school athletics.

This course provides basic knowledge and skills in the use and development of sport-specific coaching methods and skills. New York State high school rules and regulations, teaching methods, performance skills, organization and management of practice sessions, and conditioning are explored. An internship in a specific sport under the supervision of a master coach or athletic trainer and seminar sessions in interschool athletic history are required. This is one of three mandatory courses required by the New York State Education Department to become permanently certified to coach high school athletics. Prerequisite: CO231 Principles of Coaching

This course explores physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development during adolescence. It examines theories and research about adolescent development. Topics include the changing role of relationships with peers and parents, gender and identity development, problem behaviors, and appropriate interventions to reduce risky behavior and promote successful development. The influence of the social and cultural context on development is considered. Fifteen hours of observation of adolescents in a 7th - 12th grade school setting must be completed. Prerequisite: PY101 Introduction to General Psychology and CO231 Philosophy, Principles, and Organization of Athletics in Education or, ED150 Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education. .

This course focuses on prevention, intervention, and safety issues facing professionals working with children. Topics include identification, intervention, and prevention of child abuse and neglect, adverse child experiences (ACEs) and trauma in all settings, school violence, harassment, bullying, cyberbullying and the importance of recognizing and identifying the impact of implicit bias on decision making. Successful completion results in NYS certification in Identification & Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, School Violence Prevention & Intervention (SAVE), and harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, and discrimination in schools; prevention and intervention (DASA).

This course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting, and delivering the speech based on factual material. It includes topic selection, audience analysis, fact vs. opinion, outlining, supporting material, and visual support. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented. Elements of interpersonal communication, logic, and persuasion are discussed. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN105 English Composition for Speakers of Other Languages or EN106 English 1: Composition & Reading.

This course provides proper free-weight training techniques for implementing a personal weight program. It develops individualized and strength training routines that can become lifetime commitments.

This course provides proper speed training techniques for improving fitness and athletic ability. Emphasis is placed on dynamic stretching, core strength, and sport specific speed/direction change.

A prior criminal record or a history of behavior that presents a direct risk to the safety, well-being, or health of students, faculty, or staff in PK-12 settings may make placement for mandatory classroom observations unfeasible, thereby hindering the successful completion of the program.

 (a) Natural Science Electives include: BI141 General Biology 1 OR BI103 Human Life Science 1.