Cohort Course Sequence
The Master of Education in Coaching Education and Athlete Development is a two year, online, cohort program. One cohort will begin in the January and conclude in December of year two, and another cohort will begin in July and conclude in May of year two. While most engagements are virtual, there will be two, two - five day residency experiences on Xavier University's campus in Cincinnati, Ohio or at another unique complex during the two year program.
Xavier University's program offers a very unique cohort model in which students progress through the two year course sequence together. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with others in the cohort with diverse perspectives and build a solid network of professional colleagues that will pay dividends for years to come.
Also, with the cohort model, the course sequencing and registration is seemless. All students will be taking the same courses throughout the program.
|Course Information||Course Number||Credit Hours|
|Sport Ethics & Philosophy
This course will provide an examination of ethics, morality, and philosophy as it relates to modern sport. Discussions will revolve around the myths and paradoxes of sport, identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas and what it means to be a morally responsible sportsperson. Specific focus will address the application of the Integrated Coaching and Sport Education Model (I-CASE) developed by Quinn (2007) to school and community based sport.
|Sport Leadership & Team Building
An online course designed to provide an examination of leadership in sport as well as taking a critical examination of the role of competition and character development. Discussions will revolve around the complexity of leadership development in sport for all participants, how character development should occur in sport, and how organizational structure and communication influence all three areas.
|Physiology of Exercise & Conditioning
This course will provide an exercise science foundation to coaching that includes energy systems, muscle physiology, and how the body adapts to the physical and psychological demands placed upon it. Sport specific training and conditioning programs will also be addressed as it relates to developmentally appropriate sport training. Additionally the effects of performance enhancing substances and drugs on athlete performance and health will be discussed.
|Sports Safety, Risk Management & Injury Prevention
This course stresses the basic steps to follow for successful practice and team management of participants and athletes including risk assessment, life-threatening emergencies, injuries, medical concerns, healthy lifestyles, disease transmission, and safety and injury prevention as well as CPR, First Aid and AED use.
|Residency I – Special Topics (Summer, 4 weeks; 1 week in residence)
The residency course will be a one-week intensive study on current professional, societal or social concerns. The course could be held on Xavier University's campus in Cincinnati, Ohio or at an off-campus complex such as an Olympic Training Center, Sport Complex, the National Coaching Educators Conference, or a possibly an international destination. This could change each year depending on opportunities and costs.
Psycho-Social Aspects of Coaching
|Sport Pedagogy and Coaching Analysis
This course will examine various coaching methods, and take a qualitative analysis of coaching behaviors and athlete movement. The result will be a more reflective coach regarding their own coaching behaviors, as well as to be able to teach, analyze and correct sport specific movement techniques and skills.
|Long-Term Athlete Development I Youth and Novice Athletes
This course creates the foundation to understanding LTAD, and will address the motor development, motor learning, nutritional needs, information processing, and physical, social, emotional and psychological characteristics and abilities of children from the age three to 19 (youth – high school). The discussion and course content will be within the context of youth sport programming and developmentally appropriate sport training.
|Long-Term Athlete Development II Elite and Senior Athletes
This course continues the LTAD process discussion but in the context of sport training and programming for the elite and senior athletes by addressing the 20 – 90 year-old range. Research shows that individuals are capable of maintaining a high level of fitness and physical competence well into later life. LTAD II therefore will not only address coaching the elite athlete, but that individuals who wish to continue their competitive careers.
|Research in Coaching
The research in coaching course is designed to expose the coach to the research process, synthesizing the literature to support coaching practices, and to solve real coaching problems through the scientific method. This will conclude a line of inquiry identified by the student early in the program and will culminate with the presentation of student research.
The final residency will occur during graduation week (Early May) on Xavier University's campus in Cincinnati, Ohio and will consist of a two or three-day workshop that will include a comprehensive exam, presentation of research projects and program assessment.