The information on this page is an overview of the Coaching and Sport Leadership graduate program.  Consult the Randolph College Catalog for the official up-to-date requirements. 

Degree Requirements

  1. 36 credit hours of graduate coursework must be completed.
  2. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be transferred to Randolph College at the graduate level.
  3. All requirements, including transfer courses, must be completed within a period of two calendar years.
  4. The student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (rounded) both for all courses taken for a grade.

Course Descriptions

CSL 5575 Sport History

A topics course that explores the historical role of sport in history and cultures around the globe. Examines the roots of American sport in colonial play and recreation, the emergence of organized and national sports. The course will consist of films, readings, lectures and discussions.

CSL 5566 Coaching Psychology

This course will emphasize the theories, concepts, and research applied to the role of a coach for the purpose of psychologically developing and sustaining team, organization, and individual competitive success.

CSL 5564 Sport Sociology & Ethics

Students will examine sport as a petri dish for society at large, considering issues of power, social stratification, identity, and cultural heritage. This course provides a comprehensive analysis of sport structures with a close view of who competes and the consequences of competition. A major emphasis is placed on the sociological phenomena that contribute to sport in the United States. In-depth discussion of the positive and negative side effects of how sport is organized in society will also occur.

CSL 5563 Sport Administration

Students will review the administrative side of coaching and leadership positions within sport. Topics covered will include Title IX, recruiting, fundraising, and department organizational structures.

CSL 5504 Group Dynamics

Students will examine group influences and dynamics with regard to teams and departments. Components of effective teambuilding and communication strategies will be reviewed as well as program development.

CSL 5514 Sport Media & Technology

Students will examine the importance of social media in contemporary sports media and gain hands on experience in management, content development, and data analysis. A theoretically-driven investigation of the rhetoric of sports media and persuasive tactics common to sports industries.

CSL 5506 Conditioning & Safety Principles for Performance

Students will examine coaching strategies based upon fundamental principles and best practices for training and conditioning such as periodization, assessment, and nutrition. Students will be First Aid and CPR certified.

CSL 5541 Professional Issues in Coaching and Sport Leadership

Explore research and anecdotal content highlighting the significance of self-care. Enhance coaching skills with a practical emphasis on personal well-being and career longevity.

CSL 5565 Coaching Theories & Principles

This course will include understanding the various roles of the coach and introduce students to the field of coaching. An emphasis is placed on creating an athletic environment to enhance holistic growth of the athletes.

CSL 5591 Practicum Experience(s)

Practicum placements may be on or off-campus (after the first session). Students in the professional practicum track will create and present a practicum portfolio in the final session. The practicum offers students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in an actual work environment, under the guidance of an athletic administrator, coach, or other sport professional. Each session hour of academic credit requires a minimum of 42 clock hours of on-the-job training performed under the framework of a contract, mutually agreed upon by the student, the faculty supervisor, and appropriate agency personnel.

CSL 5594 Research Methods & Inquiry

A survey course that introduces each cohort to the different ways that one can do scholarly and/or applied inquiry of sport. Both qualitative and quantitative processes will be discussed.

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