Wayne State College

A minor or endorsement to your degree for sports coaching.

Have you been inspired by the teachers and coaches in your past? Share your passion for sports and leading a team by becoming a coach yourself. A Coaching degree endorsement is an excellent choice for anyone in the education program or simply anyone who is interested in guiding young athletes to reach their full potential. Coaching means more than showing others how to play a game. It means guiding athletes mentally, teaching them responsibility, and encouraging them even when things don’t go their way. It means instilling in them a hard work ethic. If you are passionate and excited about doing these things, the coaching route is for you. At Wayne State, you can take coaching theory courses including football, basketball, track, wrestling, baseball, softball, soccer, and volleyball. You’ll learn how to set up training and appropriate practice sessions, how to be a positive role model, and how to motivate your team.  With a Coaching degree endorsement, you’ll open the door to a career that allows you to become just like the coaches who have inspired you.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: Supplemental endorsement or minor
In addition to choosing the Coaching supplemental endorsement, you will also need to select two subject endorsements or one field endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For endorsement: 18
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Health and Physical Education (PK-12), Middle Level Education (5-9), Elementary Education

Schools: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice, Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Health, Human Performance, and Sport, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation:  Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your coaching endorsement.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

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Skills Learned

  • Coaching fundamentals and theories
  • Developing and maintaining athletic programs
  • Prevention and care of athletic injuries
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Leadership and organization
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving

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Possible Careers

  • Gym / P.E. teacher
  • Football coach
  • Volleyball coach
  • Basketball coach
  • Track and field coach
  • Wrestling coach
  • Softball coach
  • Soccer coach
  • Health club manager

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  • High schools
  • Middle schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional sports teams
  • Youth sports teams
  • Community recreation centers
  • Health clubs
  • Athletic facilities
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Self-employment

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Coaching program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

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Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.  

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  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Coaching – Test your leadership skills as you coach sports teams for local high school, junior high, and recreation leagues.
  • Recognition – Each year, the department awards and recognizes one student from each of the HHPS majors for their achievements.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your Coaching endorsement, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with a teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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