Sport Coaching - Strength and Conditioning/Fitness Coaching

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Adult Education
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The online graduate certificate in strength & conditioning and fitness coaching (SCFC) educates and prepares coaches and trainers to become skilled at improving athlete and client performance. Students learn from faculty experts in strength and conditioning, sport psychology, coach education, online learning and student success. This specialized program is offered fully online, and is designed to be completed in 1 year.

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Throughout this highly practical and streamlined curriculum, students learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to design, implement and problem solve within real-world strength and conditioning and fitness scenarios. Our hands-on approach engages students in meaningful projects, discussion and applications in their coaching or fitness context. Additionally, students will enhance their job readiness by taking internationally recognized certifications while enrolled in the program, such as the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s CSCS, CPT or TSAC-F.

Through consistent interaction with professors, coach mentors and peers, our students build a valuable professional network while forming lasting relationships. Students emerge from the program as a coach or trainer prepared to enhance athletic performance effectively and ethically.

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The 16-credit specialized graduate certificate in strength and conditioning and fitness coaching equips students with the most essential knowledge and skills to succeed in the field. We provide prospective student-coaches an opportunity to receive the University of Denver’s excellent teaching and mentoring in a four-course sequence. Students benefit from high quality, engaging online instruction from a top university known for its commitment to developing scholar-coaches. Upon completion, students have the option of transferring into our 24 credit graduate certificate in strength & conditioning and fitness coaching or our master of arts in sport coaching.

Created and led by internationally respected coach educator and NSCA Fellow Dr. Brian Gearity, ours is the first and only graduate certificate program in strength and conditioning in the world. Students are individually paired with an experienced strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer who serves as a coach mentor.

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