Minor in Coaching & Certifications

The Minor in Coaching provides students the education and experience needed to obtain an entry-level coaching position. In addition, courses selected provide the knowledge needed to complete the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) national coaching certification exam. The Minor in Coaching is aligned with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards.

Required courses:

  • KN 240  Coaching Principles and Philosophy (2 cr.) (no prerequisites)
  • KN 257  Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 cr.) (no prerequisites)
  • KN 300  Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (3 cr.) (prerequisites for KN300 are: KN 248 (3 cr.) & KN 250 (2 cr.)  OR  consent of instructor)

Choose TWO of the following (prerequisites are: KN 248 (3 cr.) & KN 250 (2 cr.) OR consent of instructor):

  • KN 341  Physical Education Activity Techniques I (2 cr.) (basketball, soccer/speedball, softball, flag football, team handball, lacrosse, and floor hockey)
  • KN 342  Physical Education Activity Techniques II (2 cr.) (aerobics, group exercise and weight lifting)
  • KN 343  Physical Education Activity Techniques III (2 cr.) (volleyball, tennis, badminton, pickleball, golf, archery, and bowling)

Choose TWO of the following (no prerequisites)*

  • KN 281 Coaching Football (2 cr)
  • KN 282 Coaching Basketball (2 cr)
  • KN 283 Coaching Track and Field (2 cr)
  • KN 284 Coaching Baseball and Softball (2 cr)
  • KN 285 Coaching Tennis and Volleyball (2 cr)
  • KN 286 Coaching Soccer (2 cr)

* Please note: The minor in coaching is in revision and is expected to be finalized to match the above reqiurements in Fall 2021.

Certification Opportunities

The Kinesiology Department now offers the opportunity to earn three national certicifications:

American Sport Education Program Bronze Level national coaching certification (ASEP)

Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Certification by Functional Movement Systems, LLC. (FMS)

Personal Trainer Certification (NASM-CPT)


The ASEP is a world-wide organization providing coaching certification for over 30 years. This certification is for those desiring to coach athletes aged fourteen years and older at the high school, college, Olympic and competitive club-sport levels. The program provides the comprehensive information and resources needed to sit for the ASEP Bronze Level national certification exam and be better prepared to obtain an entry-level coaching position. This exam is included as a requirement in KN240 Coaching Principles and Philosophy, one of the course included in the Minor in Coaching.


This course provides an understanding of the relationship movement patterns play in health and fitness goals. The FMS is a tool for standardized movement screening that is used to see how individuals of any age move in everyday life. Students become proficient in identifying movement patterns an individual moves well in, or patterns that are less than ideal and can be protected and corrected. At the conclusion of the course, you will have the knowledge and experience needed to sit for the FMS Level 1 certification exam. This exam is included as a requirement in KN315 ST: Personal Training Certification.


This certification is a partnership between the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Learn a systematic approach to developing personalized and unique training plans that have predictable outcomes for any type of client. A wide variety of fitness, training and performance assessments are delivered and explained, thus providing students with the most scientifically accurate information and educational experiences needed to sit for the NASM-CPT national certification. This exam is included as a requirement in KN315 ST: Functional Movement Screening Certification.

For a complete description of the individual classes, go to the course catalog at:

Academic Catalog

GET IN TOUCH WITH Kinesiology Department

Kinesiology Department
Petro Allied Health Center, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1459
Fax: 785.670.1059
Secretary: Nancy Province

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