Athletic Coaching Education

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

WVU Tech offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (BSPED) with majors in Athletic Coaching Education (ACE) and in Sport Management (SM) in the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences (BHSS). The ACE major provides students with an opportunity to study coaching and the important roles coaches have in society. The major provides students with hands on practicum experience in coaching throughout the curriculum. BSPED graduates with the ACE major are employed as coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, and work in the health and fitness industry. 

Admission Requirements

During the initial hours of course work, students may enroll in courses in the Pre-Athletic Coaching Education Program. Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to the ACE major:

  • Achieve a 2.5 GPA in all coursework at the time of application to ACE
  • Achieve a C or better in all Probationary ACE required courses (SEP 272, ACE 106, ACE 168, ACE 256, ACE 265, ATTR 121, PE 220, PE 221, PE 223, PET 124, PET 125, PET 175, and PET 244).
  • All ACE Probationary required coursework completed (with advisor's approval, students may be admitted when they are within 9 hours of completing the Pre-ACE required coursework)
  • 30 credits of GEF 

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

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all major coursework
Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for graduation
GEF Elective Requirements (1, 2, 3, 5, and 6)19
ACE 105Nutrition for Coaches3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Pre-Major Requirements
A minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of C- is required pre-major coursework.
SEP 272Psychological Perspectives of Sport (GEF 4)3
ACE 106Athletic Coaching Education3
ACE 168Sport Officiating2
ACE 256Principles and Problems of Coaching3
ACE 265Diversity and Sport3
ATTR 121Sport Injury Control and Management3
PE 220Striking and Field Games1
PE 221Invasion Games1
PE 223Net and Wall Games1
PET 124Human Body: Structure and Function2
PET 125Principles of Human Movement2
PET 175Motor Development2
PET 244Motor Learning and Performance2
Major Requirements (Minimum grade of C- required in all courses)
ACE 215Sport for Exceptional Athlete (GEF 7)3
ACE 368Sport Movement Analysis3
ACE 369Basic Strength/Condtng-Coaches3
ACE 410Training Theories for Coaches3
ACE 430Coaching Education Administration3
ACE 450Career Planning in Sport3
ACE 488Practicum Coaching Exceptional Athletes3
ACE 489Practicum Coaching Youth Sport3
ACE 491Professional Field Experience6
Techniques of Coaching Courses (Select two of the following):4
Techniques of Coaching: Soccer
Techniques of Coaching: Basketball
Techniques of Coaching: Football
Techniques of Coaching: Baseball
Techniques of Coaching: Volleyball
EXPH 365Exercise Physiology 13
SM 426Liability in Sport3
Minor Requirements (Sport Management Minor)18
First Aid/AED/CPR Certifications
WVSSAC or NFHS Certification
Passage of background check
Negative TB test results
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
WVUE 1911ACE 1682
ACE 1063ACE 2653
PE 2201PET 2442
GEF 24SEP 272 (GEF 4)3
GEF 33GEF 53
 15 16
Second Year
ACE 1053ATTR 1213
ACE 215 (GEF 7)3PE 2231
ACE 2563PET 1252
PE 2211PET 1752
PET 1242GEF 83
GEF 83GEF 83
 15 14
Third Year
ACE 3683ACE 4103
EXPH 3653ACE 4303
Techniques of Coaching Course2Techniques of Coaching Course2
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
 16 14
Fourth Year
ACE 3693ACE 4503
ACE 4893ACE 4883
ACE 4913ACE 4913
SM 4263Minor Course3
GEF 63Minor Course3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes

athletic coaching education

This program has the following specific outcomes:

  • Graduates may coach on the collegiate level
  • Graduates may apply for graduate school and graduate assistantships in coaching
  • Graduates may work in area businesses and coach locally
  • Graduates will recognize the importance and significance of the role of coaching
  • Graduates will recognize the importance of continuing emotional, intellectual, and physical development throughout their lives