Physical Education-Athletic Coaching Emphasis

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Athletes aim to maximize their potential both on and off the field/court. Athletic coaches help guide them on their paths to success. The undergraduate Athletic Coaching Education program primes students for a variety of roles in the coaching profession. The program equips students to teach, motivate, and properly structure sports environments. 

The ACE program helps prepare students for coaching certifications. ACE students graduate with key knowledge in philosophy and ethics, safety and injury prevention, physical conditioning, growth and development, teaching and communication, sport skills and tactics, organization, administration, and evaluation. 

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

Benchmark Requirements

Students who plan to continue at WVU-Morgantown will need to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better and meet all other ACE admission requirements and deadlines

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements (2, 3, 5, and 6)13
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
CDFS 110Families Across the Life Span (GEF 8)3
CHPR 172First Aid and Emergency Care2
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition (GEF 8)3
ACE 106Athletic Coaching Education3
ACE 168Sport Officiating2
ACE 256Principles and Problems of Coaching3
ACE 265Diversity and Sport3
PET 124Human Body: Structure and Function2
PET 125Principles of Human Movement2
PET 175Motor Development2
PET 244Motor Learning and Performance2
PET 276Special Physical Education2
SEP 271Sport in American Society (GEF 8)3
SEP 272Psychological Perspectives of Sport (GEF 4)3
PE 223Net and Wall Games1
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ACE 1063ACE 1682
PET 1242PET 1252
PET 1752SEP 272 (GEF 4)3
PE 2231GEF 24
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3HN&F 1713
WVUE 1911Elective1
 15 15
Second Year
ACE 2563ACE 2653
PET 2442ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
PET 2762CDFS 110 (GEF 8)3
SEP 271 (GEF 8)3GEF 53
CHPR 1722GEF 63
GEF 33 
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

PE - Athletic coaching emphasis

The goal of the program is for students to graduate with the essential skills and knowledge to work with athletes in a variety of contexts across their lifetime. 

  • Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate technical and tactical knowledge and concepts related to the pedagogy of coaching a variety of sports.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice.
  • Programming and Assessment – Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge for designing, implementing and evaluating practice plans that address individual student's needs determined by various forms of assessment.
  • Professionalism and Ethics – Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, and techniques for lifelong learning.
  • Technology – Students will be able to demonstrate the use of different forms of technology to assess skills and provide meaningful feedback.


Associate professor

  • Doug Little - M.S. (Eastern Kentucky University)
    Physical Education