Coaching Sequence

Undergraduates are encouraged to enroll a two-course sequence that addresses theoretical and practical approaches to responsible coaching. Since many teachers, at some point in their career, may be asked to coach athletics, this course is designed to offer undergraduate prospective teachers a valuable resource to expand their skill set for future employment and enhance the educational system by providing a positive foundation for effective coaching.

The first course in the coaching certificate program, ED 181A: Principles and Practices of Coaching Sports 1, focuses on foundational theories and instructional practices in coaching sports. The course places specific emphasis on the expectations and certifications utilized in California high school sports by incorporating the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) guidelines. The principles that are studied apply to any person coaching from fourth grade to college level student-athletes, with developmental considerations.

The second course in the certificate series, ED 181B: Principles and Practices of Coaching Sports 2: Field Practicum builds upon the knowledge gained in Education 181A by focusing on the application of theory to practice. Each student performs coaching or assistant coaching duties via a forty-hour volunteer placement in a public school or after-school program selected for the student’s sports and grade level preferences. Prior to placement, students attend several ED 181B classes to prepare for their specific responsibilities. Once the student is placed in the K-12 environment, UCI classes focus on assessment, problem-solving, shared experiences, adjustment, and objectives for their coaching placement. ED 181B enables students to experience, experiment, and reflect upon the role of a coach in public education.

Course Objectives for ED 181A and ED 181B:

  • Develop and refine a sound coaching philosophy
  • Explore the physical, mental, and social aspects of student-athlete development, both as individual players and as a team
  • Understand coaching principles, which include coaching styles, communication skills, diversity issues, and leadership
  • Understand athlete’s motivation and managing their behavior
  • Understand basic tenets of motor learning, cognitive skill development, and fitness
  • Explore moral issues in coaching sports and analyze effective methods for developing character in student-athletes
  • Understand and develop leadership and management skills necessary for successful coaching
  • Understand administrative duties of coaches, such as risk management and team planning

Upon successful completion of both courses, the student will be well prepared for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) examinations, a requirement for California coaches, effective December 2008.