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Coaches can now earn credits for coaching courses

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Faculty-coaches can now earn up to four continuing education units per course through a new partnership between the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and Michigan State University (MSU). Through the arrangement with MSU and its Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS), K-12 faculty-coaches have the opportunity to take MSU Coaching Principles, MSU Sport First Aid, and MSU Coaching [Sport] Technical and Tactical Skills online courses through the university and earn MSU College of Education and Michigan Department of Education CEUs-credit needed for recertification.
"We are proud to partner with the American Sport Education Program in bringing these professional development courses to coaches nationwide," says Dan Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. "Our 30 years of sport research emphatically underscores the positive effects of coaching education at all levels of sport," he says. "The credits coaches earn from MSU by participating in the program will benefit them professionally and will personally benefit the sport experience of all their athletes. I encourage all coaches at all levels of sport to embrace this educational opportunity."
ASEP courses available for CEUs include the following:

  • MSU Coaching Principles 4.0 CEUs
  • MSU Sport First Aid 3.5 CEUs
  • MSU Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills 3.5 CEUs
  • MSU Coaching Basketball Technical and Tactical Skills 3.5 CEUs
  • MSU Coaching Football Technical and Tactical Skills 3.5 CEUs
  • MSU Coaching Softball Technical and Tactical Skills 3.5 CEUs

Jim Schmutz, ASEP’s executive director, is proud to partner with Michigan State University and the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. "Dan Gould’s research through ISYS is revered in coaching education circles and to have the backing of MSU is an added plus for faculty-coaches looking to secure continuing education credit," said Schmutz. "We very much look forward to providing our coaching education courses to faculty-coaches in the future."
ASEP courses have long been the coaching education standard for training non-faculty coaches at the scholastic level in the United States. However, faculty-coaches have had little incentive to participate in a coaching education program in the past. In many states, K-12 faculty are not required to have training to become a coach; simply having a valid teaching license qualifies them.
Schmutz reiterates that faculty-coaches do need to earn continuing education credits to maintain their teaching certification. "Through the arrangement with MSU, faculty-coaches can take ASEP Coaching Principles, Sport First Aid, and Coaching [Sport] Technical and Tactical Skills online courses through the university and earn MSU College of Education and Michigan Department of Education CEUs-credit they need for recertification and to move up the pay scale," said Schmutz. "Plus, the instruction they gain will only help improve their performance as coaches and enhance the sport experience for the athletes they coach."
In awarding CEUs, MSU follows CEU guidelines developed by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Given that each state board has different requirements for teacher licensure, certification, and CEU courses, we encourage coaches to check with their district or state Department of Education to ensure CEUs from MSU and the Michigan Department of Education are accepted by their organization. 
For more information about this opportunity or to enroll in the courses, visit or contact ASEP at or 800-747-5698.

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