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Coaching Education (Minor)

Offers students with the interest in coaching in schools, private clubs, or collegiately an opportunity to explore the basics of coaching management, sports psychology, and complete a practical internship in their desired sport.

Coaching Education (Minor)


What is Coaching Education at ODU like?

Offers students with the interest in coaching in schools, private clubs, or collegiately an opportunity to explore the basics of coaching management, sports psychology, and complete a practical internship in their desired sport.

Program Highlights

What makes Coaching Education at ODU unique?

  • ODU has state-of-the-art gym spaces and equipment available to allow opportunities for practice, learning, and teaching of motor skills and health-related knowledge in a real-world setting.


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education



Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Coaches and Scouts



Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

Graduate Teaching Assistants



Assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers



Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.


What are some courses offered in Coaching Education at ODU?

PE 368:
Coaching Internship

Final field placement required for all students with an emphasis in a coaching minor. Students will be placed in an athletic coaching environment to gain experience in personal communication, technique instruction, practice organization and administrative duties required of the specific sport of their emphasis. Placement of internship subject to instructor approval. Minimum of 200 clock hours (hours to be arranged). Prerequisites: Senior standing; HPE 409, PE 415, PE 456.

PE 415:
Principles of Coaching Management

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the coaching profession. Special emphasis will be placed on establishing a sound coaching philosophy, selecting a coaching style, desirable qualities of a coach, ethics and the coach, roles of the head coach, planning and organizing for games and practices, coaching pedagogy, off-season planning, final preparations for the season, and issues and problems related to coaching and recruiting athletes. Prerequisites: junior standing.

PE 456:
Sports Psychology

Study of the psychological bases of coaching strategies and methodologies. Emphasis is placed on applying knowledge in field settings. Prerequisites: Junior standing.


What are the requirements to apply for Coaching Education at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Coaching Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • BIOL 240 or BIOL 250 and HPE 324 are prerequisites for the minor and are not included in the calculation of the grade point average for the minor. 15 total hours are required to complete this minor. 


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

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