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College of Physical Activity
and Sport Sciences


Master of Science – Athletic Coaching Education

Coaching and Sport Education

The on-campus Coaching and Sport Education Master of Science curriculum is designed to provide students with critical thinking and decision making skills. The curriculum focuses on the sport science, interpersonal and intrapersonal knowledge necessary to excel in high performance sports. Students will experience hands on training through applied science, sport movement analysis software, strength and conditioning coursework, internship experiences and more.

Two available tracks

Performance Coaching

Track 1 (Performance Coaching) is designed for individuals who will be coaching at the collegiate or elite levels. Courses emphasize applied coaching science for improving athletic performance.

Science of Coaching

Tracks 2 and 3 (Science of Coaching) are designed for the individual who are interested in coaching education and the preparation of coaches. The only difference between track 2 and 3 is the depth of research study.

NOTE: On campus ACE master’s students must take all courses on campus – they are not eligible to take the online ACE master’s level classes for their on-campus degree.

Field Experiences and Research

Students in the ACE on campus masters program will have many opportunities for field experience and research both in and out of the classroom. In class experiences will be gained through coursework such as:

  • ACE 602 Action based research in coaching
  • ACE 610 Training theories for coaches
  • ACE 650 Sport movement analysis with Dartfish technology
  • ACE 661 Strength and conditioning methods for coaches
  • ACE 663 Strength and conditioning coaching techniques
  • ACE 665 Strength and conditioning program design
  • ACE 685 Coaching internship
  • ACE 697 Research hours
  • PET 698 Thesis

Students are encouraged to engage in opportunities outside the classroom through the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences. Interested students are encouraged to contact co-directed, Dr. Dieffenbach, Dr. King and head of technology Dr. Kuklick to find out more about the Center’s current projects.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive an ACE master’s degree, all students must have

  • earned 39 advisor approved credits,
  • satisfy all college and university requirements and
  • have earned an overall GPA of a 3.0 in all course work leading towards the degree.

Contact Information

The department mailing address for written correspondence is:

WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
PO Box 6116,
Morgantown WV 26506-6116.

Please mark items “attention to” Dr. Valerie Wayda, Carol Straight,
or Theresa Scafella.

For further questions or information, please contact:

Lindsay B. Augustine

Student Services Specialist
(304) 293-3393

Office of Student Success
West Virginia University
College of Physical Activity
and Sport Sciences
375 Birch St., Morgantown WV 26505
P.O. Box 6116

Dr. Valerie Wayda

Department Chair
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(304) 293-0847

This program also offers an online degree

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