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Ohio University Master's Program Details

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In January 2013, the Patton College of Education at Ohio University and the NSCAA announced a new master’s track in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Soccer Coaching. The curriculum is the first of its kind in the United States, and the program faculty is currently accepting applications for Cohorts 7 and 8. 

Cohort 7 will be June 12-16, 2016 at the Ohio University Campus.  Cohort 8 will be January 10-15, 2017 in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles.

Program Requirements

The Ohio University Master's Degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a Concentration in Soccer Coaching consists of 12 academic courses delivered primarily online during six (6) semesters or summer sessions. Two of the courses are delivered in face-to-face residencies at either a NSCAA Convention or on the campus of Ohio University. Students will be part of a cohort structure that keep learning-groups small (25 students) and allows for high levels of interaction among students and faculty. Two cohorts will be admitted per year, one in summer and the second in January.

The following REQUIRED residencies are scheduled:

  • Cohort 7 - Opening residency in Athens, Ohio - June 12-16, 2016
  • Cohort 8 - Opening residency at the NSCAA Convention (Los Angeles) - Jan 10-16, 2017

Soccer Coaching Education Program Objectives

  • Establish a foundation in coaching principles, methodology and a history of soccer and its evolution into the world's most popular sport
  • Instill the coaching qualities needed for successful leadership and management on and off the playing field.
  • Help coaches improve soccer sport skills and tactics and develop effective strategies to make important adjustments during practice and competition
  • Provide coaches with the knowledge and techniques to develop and improve athlete and team performance for players at every age
  • Provide soccer coaches with current practices in injury prevention, recovery, fitness development, hydration and nutrition and other player development content
  • Improve organization, planning, evaluation and other administrative skills required to be an effective soccer coach
  • Develop perspectives and strategies for developing and training advanced level players
  • Present a framework for developmentally appropriate and athlete centered practices that will lead to long-term player development, beginning with our youngest players
  • Become a consumer of current research and its application to coaching and player development

Soccer Coaching Education Program Objectives

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Admission Requirements

A prospective student must meet the following requirements to be considered for unconditional admission to the School of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Graduate Program in Soccer Coaching:

  • Earned bachelor's degree in exercise physiology, physical education, sport sciences, or related field from an accredited college or university. If your bachelor's degree is in an unrelated field, you may still be admitted.
  • A minimum of three years of soccer coaching experience completed after earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • An minimum of a NSCAA Level 6 Coaching Diploma, USSF “D” license or equivalent
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on the last 90 quarter hours or the last 60 semester hours.
  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee applies.

Application Materials Needed

Please be sure to submit all of the materials below (in electronic format) in support of your online application:

  • A resume including your educational background and professional (soccer) work experience
  • A two-page typed biography that includes information about your background and experience and how they relate to your future personal and professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation that address your academic qualifications and coaching experiences (submitted through the online application process)
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Please have each mailed directly from the institution to the Ohio University Graduate College, Research and Technology Center 220, 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701-2979 USA
  • Copies of your coaching licenses/diplomas

Click here to Apply Online

* The program code needed to apply for the Soccer Coaching Education program is "MS8163."
* When applying, please specify when you are planning on starting the program – June 2016 (Cohort 7) or January 2017 (Cohort 8).

Contact Information

Dr. David Carr at nscaaonline@ohio.edu
Associate Professor & Soccer Program Coordinator
Ohio University
Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4651

Michael Sup at nscaaonline@ohio.edu
Assistant Coordinator - Master's Soccer Coaching Program
Ohio University
Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4626