Athletic Coaching Minor

School of Business
Office:  E366E Thompson Hall
Dr. Reneta BarnevaChairperson

(716) 673-4750



Minor Requirements

The Athletic Coaching minor is offered to students seeking certification from The New York State Education Department (NYSED) to coach athletic teams in the public schools.  Recipients of this minor will also have certification necessary to work in community programs and private schools and organizations. 

The NYSED requires the following courses to partially meet the requirements for coaching certification:

  • First Aid Skills and Knowledge
  • Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education
  • Health Sciences Applied to Coaching
  • Theory and Techniques of Coaching

To complete the minor, students must also take the following courses: Fitness and Wellness, Sport Psychology, Pre-internship and an internship completed under the direction of a certified experienced coach.

Additional information concerning NYSED Coaching Certification may be found at

Required Courses:

Some courses require prerequisites.  Click on any hyperlinked course for additional information. 
HLTH 115First Aid Skills and Knowledge


HLTH 303Fitness and Wellness


PSY 129Foundations of Psychology


PSY 237Sport Psychology


SPMG 398Pre-Internship


SPMG 400Sport Studies Internship


HLTH 220Health Sciences Applied to Coaching


HLTH 221Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education


HLTH 321Theory & Techniques of Coaching


Total Credit Hours:23


  • SPMG 400 is a variable 1-12 credit hour course. Students must complete the course with a minimum of two credit hours to satisfy the requirements for the minor.

Total Credit Hours: 23