Coaching Minor

Co-Chairs: Marya Grande, Ph.D. & Kelly Harper, Ph.D.
Director: Clancy M. Seymour, Ed.D.

Coaching Minor

The Coaching Minor is a common minor for many physical education or sport pedagogy students. The courses in the minor can be attached to any major. Completion of the minor often leads to graduate work at the master’s degree level in Coaching Science. The courses can also lead to NY State certification. The minor focuses upon the principles of effective coaching including the role of the coach, practice planning, leadership styles, organization and management, ethics and values clarification, goal setting, communication, career objectives, coaching burn-out and sport psychology. The overriding theme examines the interpersonal strategies leading to a productive coach-athlete relationship. Some courses have specific prerequisites, which are stated in the course descriptions.


PED 351Coaching Theory and Techniques3
PED 365Principles and Philosophy of Coaching3
KIN 336Physiology of Exercise 13
or KIN 337 Exercise Principles and Applications
Select three of the following PED or KIN electives (please consult Coaching Minor Advisor):9
PED 380
Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills
KIN 115
Basic Nutrition
KIN 170
Emergency Care
KIN 220
Healthy Behaviors
KIN 337
Exercise Principles and Applications
or KIN 336
Physiology of Exercise
KIN 350
Organization and Administration of Health and Wellness
KIN 361
Psychology of Sport and Mental Health
or SPMT 320
Psychology of Sport
KIN 420
Strength & Conditioning Applications
KIN 425
Evolution of Disease and Illness
1 Course choice may not also count as minor elective
Total Credits18

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.