Whether you’re a graduate student, a coach, or active in a youth sports program, consider this game plan: a graduate athletic coaching education certificate from a university with a world-class, master’s in athletic coaching education.

Ball State’s 12-credit graduate certificate is 100 percent online and is taught by the same faculty who teach the master’s in coaching education.

Who Should Consider This Certificate?

If you’re a graduate student pursuing degrees in sport administration, sport performance, or sport and exercise psychology, the certificate is a great way to expand your skill set in the fraction of the time and tuition required for adding an additional graduate degree.

Or, if you’re a full-time professional who plans to coach part time, or volunteer as a weekend warrior, but would like a stand-alone credential to recognize your course work, this certificate prepares you to be confident in your abilities to work with athletes no matter what level. 

If you don’t have time or money for a full master’s degree, but like the idea of university courses taught by professors who have coaches on national and international stages of sport, this certificate deserves your full consideration.

Master’s Degree

All the courses you take in the graduate certificate can apply to our fully online, no-residency, world-class master’s in athletic coaching education. You can finish this graduate degree in five semesters.

Course Requirements

  • ACE 604 Physical Preparation and Conditioning (3 credits)
  • ACE 612 Growth and Development for Coaches (3 credits)
  • ACE 670 Sport Safety and Injury Prevention (3 credits)
  • ACE 675 Teaching and Motivation for Coaches (3 credits)

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Ready to Apply?

You will first want to see if you meet the graduate certificate admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. An online application will guide you through the application process.

There are no GRE requirements for the program.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: July 10
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Summer semester: April 15

Admissions Questions?

If you have questions further, contact advisor Casey Schultz

International Applicants

This certificate is offered only in an online format. U.S. policies do not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country.

If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.

If you’re an international student, in addition to the admission requirements listed above, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs. You will also send ALL of your application materials required by the Graduate School and the educational psychology department.

Admission deadlines for international students are earlier. Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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