Sport Coaching Education, B.S.


The Bachelor of Science degree program in sport coaching education (SCE) offers professional preparation to those who aspire to coach in a variety of athletic, sports, and business settings. The program offers a variety of courses in coaching methodology, sport psychology, and human performance, but does not lead to teacher certification.

The SCE program is one of few programs in the country recognized and accredited Level III by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE).

Career Opportunities

Coaches normally occupy positions as either head or assistant coaches in public or independent schools or in the private sector as business owners and consultants. They also have opportunities in nonprofit settings such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Program Requirements

  • Students who wish to coach and teach in a Mississippi public school must possess a Mississippi teaching license. Therefore, all SCE students must choose ONE of the following options:
    1. Pursue a dual degree in K-12 Physical Education Licensure and Sport Coaching Education
    2. Alternate Route Certification
    3. Declare and complete a second major in a teacher education program
  • All students in SCE are required to complete six hours of HPR 419 (practicum) over two semesters that provide hands-on professional field experience in a variety of coaching settings.
  • All students pursuing a minor in sport coaching education must complete a minimum of 21 hours in SCE-related HPR courses.
The following courses are required:
HPR 109
HPR 204
HPR 370
HPR 409
HPR 419 (two hrs.)
HPR 470
One coaching methodology course (adviser directed)

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Program Contact Information

Dr. Melissa Thompson –  Associate Professor

P: 601.266.6999 Email:

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Last Updated: 6 October 2014