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2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Level Coaching

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Springfield College has a reputation for producing outstanding coaches at all levels of sports: elite, amateur, professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic. The advanced-level coaching program is a natural extension of our undergraduate physical education programs and is designed to prepare students for the demands and responsibilities of advanced-level coaching positions. Course work covers advanced-level coaching, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and sport psychology.

Undergraduate prerequisites

Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I and II Credits: 8 s.h.
Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention Credits: 3 s.h.
Kinesiology/Biomechanics Credits: 3 s.h.
Physiology of Exercise Credits: 3 s.h.
Statistics Credits: 3 s.h.
* Skills and Techniques Credits: 2 s.h.

Physical Education and Health Studies

Springfield College offers programs of study in physical education leading to the master’s degree, the Certificate of Advanced Study, and the doctorate.

At the master’s level the candidate may earn a master of science, a master of education, or a master of physical education degree by pursuing and successfully completing a program of study in one of the following areas of concentration: Adapted Physical Education; Advanced Level Coaching; Athletic Administration; Sport Studies; or Physical Education Teacher Licensure. The physical education programs also include concentrated work in Sport Management and Sport and Exercise Psychology. These concentrations are listed under Sport Management and Recreation and Exercise Science and Sport Studies on p.65 and p.33, respectively.

The requirements for admission are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree with satisfactory record from an accredited college or university.
  • An undergraduate major in physical education equivalent to that offered at Springfield College. If this preparation is incomplete, it must be made up by study in addition to master’s degree requirements.
  • Evidence of personal and professional qualities that show promise of outstanding educational and social leadership.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Examination scores taken within five years of the date of application.

For persons wishing to serve in supervisory and administrative positions, a program is available which leads to a Certificate of Advanced Study in Physical Education.

In recognition of completion of the highest level of formal academic preparation, the doctor of physical education degree is awarded to highly selected and well-qualified persons who successfully complete this program.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her advisor to ensure that all requirements are met. For more information contact Dr. Stephen Coulon at (413) 748-3029 or

Basic Program

Minimum of thirty-six s.h. of graduate credit.

* Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination is required with this option.

Candidates in the Advanced-Level Coaching program are eligible for the M.Ed., M.P.E., or M.S. Degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B (refer to master’s degree requirements)


Chosen from an approved list in consultation with program advisor. 9-14 s.h.

Research requirements 4-9 s.h.

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