Athletic Coaching Minor

Office: E336 Thompson Hall
(716) 673-4959
Reneta Barneva, Coordinator

Minor in Athletic Coaching (23 credit hours)

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

Course Requirements:

HLTH 115First Aid Skills and Knowledge


HLTH 303Fitness and Wellness


PSY 129Foundations of Psychology


PSY 237Sport Psychology


SPMG 220Health Sciences Applied to Coaching


SPMG 221Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education


SPMG 398Pre-Internship


SPMG 321Theory and Techniques of Coaching


SPMG 400Sport Studies Internship


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