While there are no online bachelor's degree programs in coaching, several schools offer online bachelor's programs in sports management or sports science. Many of these programs can be completed entirely through online study, with students watching video lectures as their schedules permit, within established deadlines.
While students can find full programs online, some are completion programs and require students to enter with 60 hours of transferrable credits or an associate's degree. Online programs may allow enrollees to choose a concentration track, such as coaching studies, exercise science or sports security.
Graduates will be trained to work in coaching, sports management or sports performance. Individuals who wish to coach in a public school may be required to obtain a teaching license, which requires completion of a teacher education program. Special training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid and sports safety is also usually mandated. Private schools may not have these requirements.
Sports management or sports science majors complete general education requirements in conjunction with their core courses. Below are some typical options seen in coaching curricula:
Basics of Sport Management Course
Students examine current practices and procedures concerning financial and legal issues, as well as the marketing and operational organization of professional and school-affiliated sports facilities. Students look at both amateur and professional facilities.
Sports and the Law
This class looks at sports in society from a legal standpoint. Using case studies, students look at legal structures, regulations and major laws that govern the rights, responsibilities, privileges and controls related to sports management.
Society and Sports
Professors show students the changing role of sports in society, specifically at the youth, collegiate and professional levels. They pay special attention to the influence of minorities, women, business and the sports industry.
Distance-learners need a computer with high-speed Internet access. Instructors blend traditional texts with current online teaching methods, such as class management systems and online presentations, to create an engaging learning environment. Communication between teachers and students most commonly takes place via e-mail, so an active e-mail account is a must.
Some coaches at the middle or high school level may be academic teachers as well, which usually requires further education and certification. Because the need for coaches is prevalent in every state, coaching can be a flexible career option. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) reported an expected 6% increase in employment for coaches and scouts from 2014 to 2024. The mean annual salary of coaches and scouts was estimated to be $40,050 in May 2015.
Coaches can continue their formal education through online master's degree programs. In addition to a sports management concentration, kinesiology and physical education programs are available.
In addition to studying the science behind sports performance maximization, students in online bachelor's degree programs that cover coaching may also learn about the legal, cultural and business aspects of sports. They can expect to complete assignments and interact with classmates and instructors within a virtual classroom environment.