Minor in Athletic Coaching


The Minor in Athletic Coaching certificate at ACU prepares students to receive the standard athletic coaching 7-12 certificate which is issued by the Arizona Department of Education. The certificate makes it possible for people outside of the field of education to perform coaching duties at various institutions throughout the state. The Minor in Athletic Coaching certificate program at Arizona Christian University trains you in the art and science of coaching youth. The program emphasizes practicality. Through the lens of extensive experience, ACU faculty provide you with timely and valuable glimpses into today’s athletic opportunities. The most valuable attribute is the emphasis on mentoring. Because of the intentional small class sizes at ACU, you will be able to develop strong mentoring relationships with your instructors. This mentoring begins in the classroom and continues beyond graduation.

Graduates who meet the requirements of the Minor in Athletic Coaching will be prepared to perform coaching duties in interscholastic and extracurricular athletic activities in the state of Arizona.

Why Athletic Coaching at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ration of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically integrated curriculum, ACU’s Minor in Athletic Coaching certificate offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’s graduates are in great demand locally and abroad.
  • Small class sizes create a safe, comfortable setting to practice your coaching and hone your skills.
  • God’s Word and His Truths are foundational in all coursework at ACU.

    What will I study?

    The Minor in Athletic Coaching certificate provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies. CORE courses reclaim a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Minor-related focus areas will include:

    • Intro to Anatomy and Physiology
    • Intro to Sports Medicine with a lab
    • Principals of Sport Psychology
    • Intro to Sport Psychology
    • Adolescent Psychology
    • Student Coaching Internship (250 hours)


      Shelly Roden School of Education

      Arizona Christian University
      1 W. Firestorm Way
      Glendale, AZ 85306

      (602) 489-5300

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      Standalone Minor Courses

      Athletic Coaching Stand-Alone Minor (21 credits)

      CourseCourse NameCredits
      BIO 200Intro to Anatomy and Physiology w/ Lab4
      BIO 220Intro to Sports Medicine w/ Lab4
      BSM 230Principles of Sport Psychology3
      PSY 310Intro to Sport Psychology3
      PSY 314Adolescent Psychology3
      PHE 197Student Coaching Internship (62.5 hrs.)^
      PHE 297Student Coaching Internship (62.5 hrs.)^
      PHE 397Student Coaching Internship (62.5 hrs.)^
      PHE 497Student Coaching Internship (62.5 hrs.)^


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      Standalone Minor


      Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

      Linnea Lyding, Ed.D.

      Associate Professor
      Assistant Dean & Head of the Shelly Roden School of Education

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      Amy Nichols, M.A.

      Shelly Roden School of Education

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      Nanci Smith, Ph.D.

      Associate Professor
      Department of Science and Mathematics

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